Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: ECB Blues and Dubai Pulse Secure- Match 6
The 6th match of the Emirates D20 2020 will be played between ECB Blues and Dubai Pulse Secure at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
ECB Blues started their campaign on a winning note in the match against Team Abu Dhabi. Batting first in the game, CP Rizwan and Vriitya Aravind got their team off to a flying start and manufactured a partnership of 63 runs in no time. After Aravind got dismissed, CP Rizwan moved the innings forward cautiously but he perished soon too. It was all over to the middle order wherein Aryan Lakra played a gritty knock of 18 runs and got himself involved in important partnerships to take ECB Blues to a respectable total of 142 in 20 overs.
Defending the total of 142, ECB Blues bowlers gave their team a great start by bowling economically in the powerplay overs and getting the first breakthrough right after the 6th over. Mazhr Bashir in the middle order posed a threat for a while but the required rate was always climbing up the ladder. Among the bowlers, Waheed Ahmed bowled a great spell of 4 overs giving away 18 runs and picked up a wicket. The star of the show was Aryan Lakra who took 5 wickets in the game and ensured that Team Abu Dhabi never got any closer to the required target. In the end, ECB Blues won the first game of the tournament by 36 runs.
On the other hand, Dubai Pulse Secure had a terrible outing against Fujairah Pacific Ventures in the match today afternoon. Batting first, Adnaan Khan and Ronak Panoly tried to be adventurous early on and got stumped out to Aayan Khan. Dubai Pulse Secure were down and out at 15 for 4 in the 5th over when their captain Shahrukh Sheikh came to the crease. He played sensibly and focussed on building a partnership with Muhammad Usman. After Usman was dismissed, Punya Mehra and Shahrukh put on a partnership of 31 runs for the 4th wicket. This was the only moment DPS looked like knocking on a score of above 130 but wickets started tumbling and after their captain was dismissed, the scoring rate dropped significantly. In the end, Dubai Pulse Secure could only manage 119 runs in their 20 overs.
Defending the total, Dubai Pulse Secure bowlers could not make an impact in the powerplay overs but soon after the 6th over, Omer Farooq got the prized wicket of Waseem Muhammad. Usman Khan too was dismissed in the 12th over with Fujairah Pacific Ventures still needing more than 6 runs an over. However, Rohan Mustafa held one end very strong and accumulated runs at ease. He scored 62 runs off 53 deliveries. There were a few moments in the second innings where Dubai Pulse Secure seemed like defending the total but Mustafa’s innings was the difference between a win and a defeat for them. It was a roller coaster of a match that ended with Fujairah Pacific Ventures defeating Dubai Pulse Secure by 4 wickets.
Although Dubai Pulse Secure started off with a loss, they offer a lot of promise in the upcoming games, especially under the leadership of their newly appointed captain Shahrukh Sheikh.
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), Vriitya Aravind (ECB Blues)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tahir Latif (Dubai Pulse Secure), Aryan Lakra (ECB Blues)
Most Sixes – Shahrukh Sheikh (Dubai Pulse Secure), Vriitya Aravind (ECB Blues)
Man of the Match- Vriitya Aravind (ECB Blues)
Team Scores Batting first – ECB Blues 150+, Dubai Pulse Secure 130+
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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