Cricket Match Predictions: Balochistan vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan Cup 2022 – The Final
The 33nd Match and the Final of the Pakistan Cup 2022 will be played between Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Multan Cricket Stadium, Pakistan.
LIVE SCORES - Balochistan vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa– Pakistan Cup 2022– The Final
Current Form Balochistan:
Balochistan emerged as the winners in the semi final of the Pakistan Cup 2022 against Sindh by a close margin of 13 runs.
Sindh won the toss and chose to have a bowl first.
Imran Butt and Abdul Bangalzai lost their wicket early on in the innings. Post their dismissals, Haseebullah and Asad Shafiq revived the innings with their stand of 163 runs. Haseebullah scored 131 off just 114 balls. His innings featured 18 fours and 1 six. Shafiq also played brilliantly for his 64 off 69. After these two batters got out, the Balochistan lower middle order simply collapsed and they had to settle for a total of 263 before being bowled out.
For Sindh, Sohail Khan picked up 3 wickets for just 37 runs.
Defending 263, Sindh got off to a good start with their openers Sharjeel Khan and Saim Ayub timing the ball very well from the moment go. Sharjeel Khan made 50 off 57 before being dismissed by Yasir Shah. Ayub scored 30 off 26 and Khurram Manzoor who came in at number 3 made 55 off 85 balls. Sindh lost 2 wickets in quick succession in the middle overs including that of the skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. When Sindh looked in all sorts of bother, Omair Yousuf took the responsibility over his shoulders and played a sensible knock of 60 in 73 balls.
Once Omair Yousuf was dismissed by Khurram Shahzad, it was all but over for Sindh. Eventually, Sindh were restricted to 250 for 9 in 50 overs, losing the match by 13 runs.
For Balochistan, Kashif Bhatti picked up 3 wickets for just 27 runs in his spell of 10 overs.
Current Form Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the first semi final of Pakistan Cup 2022 against Central Punjab and qualified to play in the Final against Balochistan.
In their last fixture, Central Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a very bad start by losing the opener Rizwan Hussain and Mohammad Faizan early on in the innings. With the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, Central Punjab were reduced to 78 for 4. When they looked in trouble, Qasim Akram and Hussain Talat got involved in a 109 run partnership for the 5th wicket.
A fascinating death overs cameo by Saad Nasim ensured that Central Punjab got to a dominating total of 286 for 9 in 50 overs. He smashed 46 off 42 balls.
Chasing 286, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost Mohsin Khan early on. After his dismissal, Ashfaq Ahmed and Kamran Ghulam were involved in a match winning partnership of 130 runs for the 2nd wicket. Ahmed made 71 off 86 balls. Kamran Ghulam went on to make a century before he was dismised at 109.
Adil Amin at number 4 played a phenomenal knock of 60 not out off 58 balls to win the match for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the end of the 49th over with 6 wickets in hand.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Yasir Shah (Captain), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Akif Javed, Ammad Butt, Asad Shafiq, Ayaz Tasawar, Azeem Ghumman, Bismillah Khan (WK), Haseebullah Khan (WK), Imran Butt, Jalat Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Mohammad Saad, Mohammad Shahid and Taj Wali
Iftikhar Ahmed (Captain), Aamer Azmat, Adil Amin, Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan Jnr., Imran Khan Snr, Irfanullah Shah, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Haris (WK), Mohammad Sarwar, Sahibzada Farhan, Sameen Gul, Waqar Ahmed and Wasim Jnr.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Who will win? – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Balochistan), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Yasir Khan (Balochistan), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Most Sixes – Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Balochistan), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Player of the Match- Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Team Scores Batting first – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 295+, Balochistan 270+
Match Handicap: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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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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