NOR vs CEP Dream11: The 15th game of the National T20 Cup of Pakistan is set to be played between the table-toppers Northern and Central Punjab. After some good quality cricket in Multan, it’s time to move to Rawalpindi now for action. Northern are on a great 5-match winning streak and have dominated all the attacks they have played against till now. Openers Zeeshan Malik and Ali Imran have given some blistering starts while Zeeshan has been successful in playing some big innings too. The presence of talented players like Haider Ali, Umar Amin, Skipper Shadab Khan and experienced Mohammad Amir shows why they have been able to top the table so far and are expected to do so in this game too.
On the other hand, Central Punjab have been lurking at the bottom half of the table at 5th place. Though Kamran Akmal has given solid starts at the top, but the team has struggled to click as a whole. The performance of Abdullah Shafique has come as a surprise and it has benefitted them the most. But the likes of Ehsan Adil and leg-spinner Usman Qadir will have to rise to the occasion if they need to give a tough fight to the table toppers.
Fixture name: Northern vs Central Punjab
Competition: National T20 Cup 2020
Date: 9 October, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Islamabad 380/2 (50 overs) beat Rawalpindi 367/9 (50 overs) by 13 runs.
Northern rested Zeeshan Malik and Muhammad Musa in the last game but still defeated Balochistan. Their players have performed collectively well in this game and are expected to do the same. The presence of Haider Ali, Umar Amin and big hitter Asif Ali gives their batting order a great edge. Along with this, they have their skipper Shadab Khan to finish off the game too. In bowling, they have the experienced Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf and the talented Muhammad Musa. There have been no injury concerns in the team and the players are expected to come back after a bit of a break.
On the other hand, Central Punjab are not looking good at the moment. They have probably the most consistent T20 batsman in domestic cricket in Pakistan at the moment in the form of Kamran Akmal and they will rely on him to come good at this game. Along with him, the rise of Abdullah Shafique at No.3 has given them some great positive results. He has been the highest run-scorer in the tournament so far with a century to his name too. The experience of the left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar and medium-pacer Ehsan Adil will need to come to the party if they want to challenge the best team of the tournament.
The weather is likely to be sunny throughout and the day game ensures that dew factor should be neglected while making this NOR vs CEP Dream11 team.
NOR vs CEP Dream11 playing 11
NOR expected Playing 11
Shadab Khan (C)
Rohail Nazir (wk)
CEP expected Playing 11
Kamran Akmal (wk)
Saad Nasim (C)
Haider Ali- The young 20-year old wicketkeeper-batsman has been seen as the future batting star of Pakistan cricket. He showed his batting prowess in the recently concluded T20I series against England when he scored an attractive half-century. He has scored 156 runs in the series so far at a brilliant strike rate of 171. Batting at no.3, he can be a batsman to watch out for in this game.
Shadab Khan- The skipper of Northern has bowled beautifully so far in the tournament picking up 8 wickets at an average of less than 20. He has also scored runs at a good strike rate in the limited opportunities that he has got so far. He is a kind of player who will be an automatic pick in a NOR vs CEP Today Match Prediction because of his ability to score runs as well as picking up crucial wickets.
Haris Rauf- He has been the quickest bowler so far in the tournament. Haris has not only clocked high 140 kph speeds, but he has the ability to deceive the batsmen with his slower balls. He has picked up 10 wickets in the tournament so far in just 4 matches at an average of just 12. He can be the strike bowler for any side and can be expected to perform well in this game too.
Kamran Akmal- We have been watching Kamran Akmal for years now and at 38, he is still performing consistently for his side at the top of the order. He has been probably the most consistent domestic white ball player for Pakistan over the years. Along with his consistency, his strike rate has always been on the higher side. A strike rate of 146 and an average of 31 shows how he has been the backbone of the Central Punjab this season.
Abdullah Shafique- The 20-year old has been the surprise package this year. The maturity that he has shown this year has prompted his team to give a dependable No.3 position to him where he has repaid the faith by scoring runs more than anyone else in the competition so far. He has a century to his name too and if he gets going he has the ability to take the attack to the opposition.
Ehsan Adil- The medium-pacer has been on the expensive side in the tournament so far but he has got 7 wickets in just 4 games. His experience of bowling with the new ball and bowl consistent Yorkers at the death will be helpful for his team.
Mohammad Amir- The experienced left armer needs no introduction. He has been the leader of Pakistan’s white-ball attacks over the years and can be a crucial wicket-taker in this game too.
Usman Qadir- The leg-spinner has picked up 7 wickets in 5 games so far. He is a genuine wicket taker in the middle overs and has a lethal googly. He can be trusted over to pick up crucial wickets at important periods of the game.
Mohammad Nawaz- Nawaz is regarded as one of the most talented players in Pakistan’s domestic circuit. Though he has been expensive in the tournament so far, he has played with a good strike rate and has the ability to finish off the games if he gets a chance to bat a little bit higher.
Number of teams : 6