Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: ECB Blues and Sharjah Bukhatir XI - Match 32
The 32nd Match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between ECB Blues and Sharjah Bukhatir XI at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
Sharjah Bukhatir XI were part of a prime time thriller against Dubai Pulse Secure last night. The game that turned upside down and sideways many times throughout the night ended up in a tie.
Batting first against Dubai, Sharjah Bukhatir XI lost both their openers at a score of 36. Fayyaz Ahmed then played a captain knock and pulled his team out of trouble. He scored 35 runs off 29 balls that included 4 fours and 1 six. After his dismissal, Mohammad Boota and Mohammed Halan Harris tried to bring the innings together but at a rather slow pace. The important contributions by the lower order batsmen like Sayed Badiuzzama and Umair Ali ensured that Sharjah Bukhatir XI reached a total of 153 in their 20 overs. Umair Ali scored a breathtaking 20 off 8 balls while Sayed Badiuzzama made 29 off 19 deliveries.
In the second innings, Kashif Daud and Umair Ali rendered pressure onto the opposition early on by providing wickets of the top order. Dubai Pulse Secure at one point were reduced to a score of 28 for 3 from 7 overs. When it looked down and out for Dubai, Muhammad Hasssan and Punya Mehra tried to rebuild the innings with their hard working partnership of 44 runs for the 4th wicket. After Hassan’s dismissal, Bilal Cheema took charge and smahed Sharjah Bukhatir XI bowlers for 44 runs in just 21 deliveries before he succumbed to an unfortunate run out. Ali Nasser took charge in the death overs and hit runs at very important junctures to ensure that Dubai tied the game. It was a great thriller to watch and Ali Nasser shall be complimented for his knock of 19 runs in 6 deliveries that changed the course of the game in the last few moments.
ECB Blues on the other hand lost their last game to Ajman Alubond. Batting first, they got off to a wonderful start with both their openers making scores of 40+. Vriitya Aravind made a phenomenal 54 off 45 deliveries while Fahad Nawaz scored 42 off 30 balls. ECB Blues at one point were threatening to reach a score of 170+ but then wickets started tumbling in quick succession. There were 4 run outs effected by Ajman Alubond and ECB Blues could never take off from that slump. In the end, Zawar Farid and Muhammad Farazuddin played sensibly to take the team to 150+ total. ECB Blues ended with a score of 151 for 7 in 20 overs.
Ajman Alubond had given themselves a great chance after reducing ECB to less than 170. For them, Asif Khan and Abdul Shakoor started off brilliantly and put on a partnership of 51 runs for the first wicket. Asif Khan made very good looking 39 runs off 23 deliveries. After the openers were dismissed, the middle order could not mount any pressure on the opposition as they kept losing wickets at important junctures. However, a brilliant knock of 38 runs by Amjad Gul got them right back into the game. The equation was reduced to 8 runs from 6 balls for the last over. In the first 3 deliveries, Ajman lost 2 batsmen and ended up finding themselves in trouble from nowhere. However, Sheraz Piya kept a cool head and hit a boundary off the last ball to seal the game for Ajman Alubond.
The middle order of ECB Blues must step up in order to offer any resistance to Sharjah Bukhatir XI in the next match.
Let’s have a look at the squads
Sharjah Bukhatir XI
Arsalan Javed, Badiuzzama Sayed, Faisal Altaf, Faisal Khan, Fayyaz Ahmad, Hafeez Rahman, Kashif Daud, Khalid Shah, Krishan Paul, Muhammad Boota, Mohammed Halan Mohammed Harris, Nathan Shibu, Renjith Mani and Umair Ali.
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? – Sharjah Bukhatir XI
Who will win? – Sharjah Bukhatir XI
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Renjth Mani (Sharjah Bukhatir XI ), Alishan Sharafu (ECB Blues)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Umair Ali (Sharjah Bukhatir XI), Waheed Ahmed (ECB Blues)
Most Sixes – Renjth Mani (Sharjah Bukhatir XI ), Alishan Sharafu (ECB Blues)
Man of the Match- Umair Ali (Sharjah Bukhatir XI),
Team Scores Batting first – Sharjah Bukhatir XI 150+, ECB Blues 140+
Match Handicap- Sharjah Bukhatir XI
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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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