Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: ECB Blues and Fujairah Pacific Ventures- Match 19
The 19th match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between ECB Blues and Fujairah Pacific Ventures at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
ECB Blues are sitting at the top of the points table with a NRR of 1.377. They defeated Dubai Pulse Secure in a closely fought game yesterday. They won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat surface. Aryan Lakra opened the innings with Vriitya Aravind and gave ECB Blues a decent start. Vriitya Aravind was dismissed at 25 and was replaced by Alishan Sharafu at the crease, who made a magnificent 51 runs off 32 deliveries. This marvellous display of batting included 3 fours and 3 sixes. ECB Blues struggled a little in the middle order with Ansh Tandon and Basil Hameed both scoring 9 and 8 runs respectively. It was a death over cameo of 49 runs in 21 balls by Zawar Farid that took the team total to 173 in 20 overs.
Chasing 173, Dubai Pulse Secure got off to a rollicking start with both openers making a significant contribution with the bat. After Adnaan Khan was dismissed, he was replaced by Syed Haider who carted the ECB bowlers to all parts of the ground for his 63 off 40 balls. The middle order including the likes of Shahrukh Sheikh and Punya Mehra failed to perform with the bat and could not support Syed Haider in the middle to take them home. Bilal Cheema played an important innings of 30 runs in 22 deliveries but it was not enough as Dubai could score 158 in their 20 overs losing the game by just 15 runs. For ECB Blues, Junaid Siddique, Basil Hameed and Karthik Meiyappan bowled very well and took 2 wickets each.
ECB Blues are going to face Fujairah Pacific Ventures and both are acquiring the top 2 positions on the points table. Hence, there is a lot of promise to this next encounter between both top ranked sides.
Fujairah Pacific Blues on the other hand have won all their 5 games so far and currently sitting at the second position with a NRR of 0.983. They defeated Ajman Alubond in their most recent game played at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
After losing the toss, Fujairah Pacific Blues were invited to have a bat first. They lost their prime batsman Waseem Muhammad on the first ball of the match. After the first dent, their innings was well resurrected by Rohan Mustafa and Usman Khan who put on a partnership of 114 runs for the 2nd wicket. Usman Khan made a well deserved 78 while Rohan Mustafa scored 40 runs. There were a few average performances in the death overs as wicket kept tumbling and Fujairah Pacific Blues managed to get to a total of 164 in their 20 overs.
Chasing 164, Ajman Alubond lost their first wicket for 12 runs with Laqman Hazrat dismissing Asif Khan. Abdul Shakoor and Ali Khan then took the innings forward with a positive approach and put on 39 runs for the 2nd wicket. However, the scoring rate was very low throughout the middle overs. They lost Abdul Shakoor and Waqas Ali in quick succession and the required rate had climbed over 10 by then. When Rameez Shahzad walked to the crease, they still needed 73 runs off 32 balls which was an uphill task. The lower order batsmen including Amjad Gul fought hard to chase the total but they were easily restricted to a score of 147 in the end losing the game by a margin of 17 runs.
Let’s have a look at the squads
Fujairah Pacific Ventures
Aayan Afzal Khan, Ahmed Raza, Hamdan Tahir, Hassan Khalid, Lovepreet Singh, Luqman Hazrat, Maroof Merchant, Muhammad Farooq, Muhammad Umar Arshad, Muhammed Naeem, Rohan Mustafa, Sabir Rao, Sandy Sandeep, Usman Khan and Waseem Muhammad.
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? – ECB Blues
Who will win? – Fujairah Pacific Ventures
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Waseem Muhammad (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Alishan Sharafu (ECB Blues)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Ahmed Raza (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Aryan Lakra (ECB Blues)
Most Sixes – Waseem Muhammad (Fujairah Pacific Ventures) , Alishan Sharafu (ECB Blues)
Man of the Match- Waseem Muhammad (Fujairah Pacific Ventures)
Team Scores Batting first – Fujairah Pacific Ventures 165+, ECB Blues 155+
Match Handicap- Fujairah Pacific Ventures
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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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