Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Zong 4G National T20 Cup Final - Northern v Balochistan
The final of the Zong 4G National T20 Cup will be played between Northern and Balochistan at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.
While Northern beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by three runs in the 1st semi-final, Balochistan trumped Southern Punjab by three wickets in the second semi-final to set up the final clash.
Batting first, Umar Amin got off to a good start for Northern but the team lost two early wickets. Rohail Nazir and Asif Ali then consolidated to take the team to 148. Although the target was small, runs on the board are always an advantage in big encounters.
The Northern bowling then came to its own with Haris Rauf, being their standout bowler as he picked up 3 wickets while conceding 26 runs. Sohail Tanvir also claimed two wickets while Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim chipped in with one each to help the team win by 3 runs.
On the other hand, Balochistan conceded a big total of 173 to Southern Pakistan. Their bowlers went for a lot of runs and did not look at their best apart from Ali Shafiq, who bagged two wickets.
There was no stand put performance in particular by Balochistan but almost all their batsmen shared the load. Opener Awais Zia contributed yet again with a 26-ball 31. 20s from Imran Farhat and Haris Sohail kept them in the game.
But it were the knocks from Hussain Talat (42 off 29) and Amad Butt (29 off14) which helped Balochistan win the game by three wickets on the the last ball, with a thrilling six from Butt.
Northern beat Balochistan by 7 wickets in the last match of the league stage and have been the better team throughout the Zong 4G National T20 Cup but Balochistan will have tremendous confidence coming on the back of their dramatic semi-final victory and might just ride on it.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Northern- Umar Amin, Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Akhtar, Imad Wasim (C), Rohail Nazir (WK), Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir
Balochistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Awais Zia, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail (C), Imran Farhat, Bismillah Khan (WK), Amad Butt, Yasir Shah, Ali Shafiq, Umar Gul, Akif Javed
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Balochistan
Who will win? – Balochistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Asif Ali (Northern)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ali Shafiq (Balochistan), Sohail Tanvir (Northern)
Most Sixes – Awais Zia (Balochistan), Asif Ali (Northern)
Man of the Match – Awais Zia
Team Scores Batting first – Balochistan 170+, Northern 165+
Match Handicap Balochistan
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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