Cricket Match Predictions: Central Punjab vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Pakistan Cup 2022 – 1st Semi-Final-31st Match
The 31st Match and the First Semi-Final of the Pakistan Cup 2022 will be played between Central Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Multan Cricket Stadium, Pakistan.
Current Form Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won their last league game against Balochistan by 49 runs to enter the Semi-Final stage as they face Central Punjab for the first Semi-Final at Multan Cricket Stadium.
Balochistan won the toss and elected to field first. The opening pair of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were very cautious at the start. They collected 44 runs for the first wicket. The opener Muhammad Mohsin Khan made 38 off 50 balls. The middle order batters like Mohammad Sarwar and Kamran Ghulam made contributions of 23 and 20 runs respectively. The game changing knock however came through the willow of the skipper Adil Amin, who smashed 92 off 76 balls. His innings included 10 fours and 1 six. On the back of his phenomenal knock, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa got to a commendable total of 283 for 8 in 50 overs.
For Balochistan, Jalat Khan picked up 2 wickets for just 51 runs during his spell of 10 overs.
Chasing 283, Balochistan lost their in-form batter Haseebullah after he scored 9 runs. Imran Butt and Abdul Bangalzai tried to revive the innings with their second wicket stand of 40 runs. Butt made 42 off 41 balls while Bangalzai scored 23 off 26 balls. The big wicket came in the form of Asad Shafiq who was dismissed by Kamran Ghulam for 7. Ayaz Tasawwar scored brilliant 70 runs off 80 balls. His innings included 6 fours and 2 sixes. Mohammad Saad fought hard with his knock of 43 but he took too long time to settle down and it really cost Balochistan. In the end, Balochistan were bowled out for 234 in the 47th over, losing the match by 49 runs.
For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khalid Usman picked up 3 wickets after giving away 31 runs.
Current Form Central Punjab:
Central Punjab defeated Sindh by 77 runs to book the semi-final berth.
Central Punjab won the toss and elected to have a bat first. The start wasn’t too impressive as they lost Rizwan Hussain early on in the innings. Ahmed Shehzad looked assured from ball one and kept finding gaps with ease. He struck 68 off 75 balls. The middle order lost wickets at regular intervals before Umar Akmal took the centre stage and smashed 37 off 26 balls. The real match winning effort came from the blade of Zafar Gohar who made 51 off 62 balls. On the back his effort, Central Punjab crossed the 260 run mark and finished at 261 before being bowled out.
Defending 261, Wahab Riaz removed the dangerous batter Sharjeel Khan early on in the innings. Khurram Manzoor and Omair Yousuf were then removed by Zafar Gohar. Sarfaraz Ahmed fought hard with his captain’s knock of 59 in 75 balls. However, one he got dismissed, the Sindh batters lost the momentum and also the hope to qualify for the semi finals. Zafar Gohar bowled beautifully and picked up 3 wickets for 38 runs and helped wrap up the Sindh innings at 184, as Central Punjab won the match by 77 runs.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Raza Ali Dar (Captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Awais Ali, Hussain Talat, Imran Dogar, Muhammad Akhlaq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Irfan Jnr., Nisar Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz and Zafar Gohar
Iftikhar Ahmed (Captain, not available due to national side committment), 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? – Central Punjab
Who will win? – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Mohammad Sarwar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ahmed Shehzad (Central Punjab)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Wahab Riaz (Central Punjab), Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Most Sixes – Mohammad Sarwar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ahmed Shehzad (Central Punjab)
Player of the Match - Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Team Scores Batting first – Central Punjab 250+, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 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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