Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: ECB Blues and Dubai Pulse Secure- Match 17
The 17th Match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between Dubai Pulse Secure and ECB Blues at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
Dubai Pulse Secure are sitting at the fourth position on points table after their recent defeat to Sharjah Bukhatir XI.
In the match against Sharjah Bukhatir XI, they lost the toss and were asked to field first. Nilansh Keswani bowled superb in his 4 overs giving away just 11 runs without picking up a wicket. However, the other strike bowler Ali Nasser went for too many in his spell. He gave away 52 runs in his quota of 4 overs. This spell provided the much needed momentum for Sharjah Bukhatir XI. Fayyaz Ahmed scored a rollicking 57 off 43 balls and carted the Dubai bowlers to all parts of the ground. Umair Ali in the death overs provided an important cameo of 21 runs in 11 balls to take the team past 150 and Sharjah Bukhatir XI finished with a formidable total of 156 runs. For Dubai Pulse Secure, Muhammad Hassan bowled well for his 4 wickets in 4 overs giving away 39 runs.
Chasing a challenging total of 159, Adnaan Khan showed his power hitting ability by belting 2 sixes and 2 fours in his short lived innings of 23 runs in 9 balls. He was dismissed by Hafeez Rahman. Syed Haider could not impress either and was dismissed by the same bowler Hafeez Rahman. Post that, Ronak Panoly, Punya Mehra and Shahrukh Sheikh made small contributions but before settling their feet on the crease, they lost their wicket. Amidst the constant fall of wickets, it was Bilal Cheema who held one end strong and played a fighting innings of 31 runs. After he got dismissed by Kashif Daud, there was not much left in the Dubai batting order to challenge Sharjah Bukhatir XI and they folded out for 127 runs in 20 overs losing the game by 29 runs.
On the other hand, ECB Blues are comfortably placed at the second position on points table with 4 wins under their belt in 5 games played so far.
In their last game against Sharjah Bukhatir XI, they lost the toss and were asked to have a bat first. The start was not ideal for ECB Blues as they lost their in form batsmen CP Rizwan at a score of 10. Then came Alishan Sharafu and he was involved in one of the best partnerships of the season with Vriitya Aravind adding 121 runs for the 2nd wicket. This partnership almost sealed the game for ECB Blues. Alishan Sharafu scored 51 runs off 39 balls, while Vriitya Aravind played very well for his 86 runs off 60 balls. In the death overs, Waheed Ahmed played a handy part by smashing 24 runs off 14 balls to take ECB Blues total to 170 in 20 overs.
Defending a big total of 170, ECB Bowlers especially Aryan Lakra provided their team a dream start by dismissing the top 5 batsmen at a total of 51 runs. Apart from Yuvraj Barua and Khalid Shah, none of the other Sharjah Bukhatir XI batsmen crossed the 10 run mark in their innings. Aaryan Lakra was the star of the show as he picked up 4 wickets in his spell of 4 overs giving away just 10 runs. Waheed Ahmed and CP Rizwan also bowled well and picked up 1 wicket each. With the required rate climbing over 10 an over, the middle order of Sharjah Bukhatir XI crumbled under pressure and their team was restricted to 106 for 8 in their 20 overs. They lost the game by a huge margin of 64 runs. Vriitya Aravind was adjudged the man of the match for his well crafted 86 runs.
Let’s have a look at the squads
Dubai Pulse Secure
Adnaan Khan, Ali Naseer, Bilal Cheema, Muhammad Hassan, Muhammad Usman, Nilansh Keswani, Omer Farooq, Punya Mehra, Rahul Bhatia, Ronak Panoly, Rudra Madhav, Saqib Manshad, Shahrukh Sheikh, Syed Haider Shah and Tahir Latif.
Adhitya Shetty, Ali Shan Sharafu, Ansh Tandon, Aryan Lakra, Ateeq ur Rehman, Basil Hameed, Fahad Nawaz, Junaid Siddique, Kartik Meiyappan, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Rizwan CP, Sanchit Sharma, Vriitya Aravind, Waheed Ahmad and Zahoor Khan.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Dubai Pulse Secure
Who will win? – ECB Blues
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shahrukh Sheikh (Dubai Pulse Secure), Alishan Sharafu (ECB Blues)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nilansh Keswani (Dubai Pulse Secure), Aryan Lakra (ECB Blues)
Most Sixes – Shahrukh Sheikh (Dubai Pulse Secure), Alishan Sharafu (ECB Blues)
Man of the Match- Aryan Lakra (ECB Blues)
Team Scores Batting first – Dubai Pulse Secure 120+, ECB Blues 155+
Match Handicap- ECB Blues
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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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