The Southern Punjab and Central Punjab team will lock horns in the Match 18 of National T20 Cup 2021. The key players for Central Punjab team will be Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz. While Southern Punjab team will need the contributions from Zeeshan Ashraf and Azam Khan. The Southern Punjab team will be led by Sohaib Maqsood and Babar Azam captains the Central Punjab team.
The Southern Punjab team have not been able to perform well as a team, and are positioned at bottom of the table with no wins. They lost their last league match to the Balochistan team. While, the Central Punjab have 3 wins in 5 matches and are at 3rd position. They won their last league match against the Sindh team and would look to continue the winning momentum.
The SOP vs CEP match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. It will be an interesting battle between the two talented teams in the tournament. The Southern Punjab are already out of the race for the playoffs, but it may decide the fate of the Central Punjab team, who are looking to seal their place for the playoffs stage.
Fixture Name: Match 18
Competition: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021
Date: 3 October
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
SOP(recent last): L L L
CEP(recent last): W L W
Standings: SOP 6 , CEP 3
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi
Pitch Report: The match between Southern and Central Punjab will be played in Rawalpindi. The pitch has been assisting the batters in scoring runs easily, and the trend is expected to be the same in the upcoming games as well. The team batting second is finding it easy to chase down the score and win the game. The par score on this venue is 175, and the bowlers need to perfect with their execution.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Northern 177/5 won by 5 wickets against Southern Punjab 175/6 in Match 10 of National T20 Cup 2021.
The 5 players from Southern Punjab, and 6 from Central Punjab are chosen in the Dream11 Team. The captain pick for your team will be Shoaib Malik, who has looked impressive in the last few matches and has a good experience in the T20 format as well. While, the vice captain can be Sohaib Maqsood, with an ability to play sensible innings and attack, when the team requires.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Muhammad Akhlaq
BATSMEN: Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah
ALL-ROUNDERS: Aamer Yamin, Qasim Akram
BOWLERS: Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Hassan Khan
The Central Punjab team will look to keep performing well and confirm their top 4 positions in the points table by winning this fixture. They have got an experienced batting line up, and gradually all the players have picked up fine form. While, the Southern Punjab team will be short of confidence after failing to secure wins in the tournament, and need to bowl well against the top batters of the opposition.
The Southern Punjab team could not win their last league match against Balochistan, and are languishing at bottom of the table with no wins. The team scored a good total of 174 runs, with the contribution of Sohaib Maqsood, Hassan Khan, and Khusdil Shah. While, Umer Khan and Aamer Yamin could only induce a wicket, and other players would look to improve their performances.
Sohaib has been a terrific player in the T20 format and has the capabillty to stabilize and attack at the right point of time. He also helped his side, Multan to win the PSL 2021. In the last league match, Sohaib scored 54 off 34 balls to lay a strong platform for the middle order and the finishers. In the tournament, Sohaib has amassed 171 runs at an average of 34.20.
A talented player in the white ball cricket would look to keep contributing in the last few league matches for the team, like he has been doing until now. In the last league match, Hassan came at no.5 position and scored 28 off 22 balls which provided stability to the team. He also can be handy with the ball and can surely be an x-factor for the Southern Punjab team.
Captain: Sohaib Maqsood
Wicketkeeper: Azam Khan
Possible Top Order: Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Zain Abbas
Pace Bowlers: Naseem Shah, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Ilyas
Spin Bowlers: Qasim Akram
The player to watch out in the Southern Punjab team will be Azam Khan, who is a talented youngster, but has not fired well in the tournament well and would look to help the team in winning the match.
SOP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Zain Abbas
2. Sohaib Maqsood (c)
3. Agha Salman
4. Khushdil Shah
5. Azam Khan (wk)
6. Aamer Yamin
7. Hassan Khan
8. Umer Khan
9. Dilbar Hussain
10. Qasim Akram
11. Naseem Shah
The Central Punjab team secured victory by 12 runs (D/L method) in their last league match. The team posted a strong score of 168 runs on the board, with the contribution of Shoaib Malik and Ahmed Shehzad. Then the bowlers, Sameen Gul and Qasim Akram was impressive to contain runs and pick wickets and restrict opposition to a low score. The top picks from the team will be Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz.
The most experienced player in the tournament has finally came out of his comfort zone and bad form of the CPL 2021. He gained confidence from the performance in the 2nd league match, and hit a scintalliting 85 off 47 balls to help the team in winning the match and clinching the 3rd position in the points table. In this tournament, Shoaib has accumulated 140 runs.
One of the most talented bowlers with a proven track record is the leading wicket taker for the team in the tournament. He has been pitch perfect with his hard lengths, and has been impressive since the last few months in T20 cricket and would look to continue the same performances. In 5 matches, Wahab has scalped a total of 8 wickets at an average of 12.37.
Captain: Babar Azam
Wicketkeeper: Muhammad Akhlaq
Possible Top Order: Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, Muhammad Akhlaq, Shoaib Malik
Pace Bowlers: Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf
Spin Bowlers: Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Usman Qadir
The player to watch out in Central Punjab team will be Hussain Talat, who has been impressive in the first few matches and would look to perform very well for the team in this fixture.
CEP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Ahmed Shehzad
2. Babar Azam (c)
3. Muhammad Akhlaq (wk)
4. Shoaib Malik
5. Hussain Talat
6. Faheem Ashraf
7. Hasan Ali
8. Wahab Riaz
9. Ehsan Adil
10. Usman Qadir
11. Qasim Akram
Watch Southern Punjab vs Central Punjab National T20 Cup 2021 Live score and streaming on Pakistan Cricket YouTube Channel. All the news updates and stats related to the National T20 Cup will be available on the Pakistan Cricket Board official website. This will be the Match 18 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 and a total of 2 matches will be played today in the tournament.
The SOP vs CEP match will not be broadcast on Indian Television Channel, as none of the sports channels have bought the rights for the broadcast. The ball-to-ball commentary and live streaming action will be available on the Pakistan Cricket YouTube Channel. The vaccinated individuals can buy the National Cup T20 2021 tickets and can watch the match in the stadium.