Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Dubai Pulse Secure- Match 31
The 31st match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Dubai Pulse Secure at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
Right then, we have entered the semi-final stage of the tournament and the two teams facing each other are Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Dubai Pulse Secure. Both teams have deservingly qualified for the business end of the tournament.
Fujairah Pacific Ventures have remained undefeated in the tournament so far and have won 10 of their 10 games played so far. In the last game against Ajman Alubond, Fujairah won the toss and elected to field first. Asif Khan played a brilliant innings for his team but Ajman Alubond kept losing wickets at important junctures. None of the batsmen apart from Asif Khan could cross an individual score of 15+, and it sums up the batting performance of Ajman Alubond. The only partnership that looked good was between Asif Khan and Amjad Gul as they added 37 runs for the 4th wicket and threatened to take the score beyond 155+. However, a couple of good overs from Rohan Mustafa provided the necessary stop to run scoring. Asif Khan was dismissed on the last ball of the innings for 99 runs. As a result, Ajman Alubond could only reach the total of 148 in 20 overs.
Fujairah Pacific Ventures looked like they were in a hurry to wrap the match up as Waseem Muhammad and Rohan Mustafa provided a quick start to the chase. Both the openers partnered for 103 runs and sealed the fate of the match there itself. Waseem Muhammad scored 67 runs off 34 deliveries while Rohan Mustafa made 42 off 37 balls. After the fall of first wicket, Usman Khan came to the crease and belted Ajman bowlers to all parts of the ground for his knock of 39 in 17 balls. In the end, Fujairah Pacific Ventures chased the total comfortably with 8 wickets in hand.
Fujairah Pacific Ventures are definitely the hot favourites going into the next match against Dubai Pulse Secure.
Dubai on the other hand managed to tie the last match against Sharjah Bukhatir XI. After winning the toss, Sharjah Bukhatir XI elected to bat first. They lost both Khalid Shah and Renjth Mani for low scores as Sharjah Bukhatir XI were struggling at a total of 36 for 2. Fayyaz Ahmed played some good strokes for his 35 off 29 balls before he was dismissed by Rahul Bhatia. The batsmen could not provide momentum in the middle overs but an essential change of gear in the death overs propelled Sharjah Bukhatir XI to a score of 153 in 20 overs. Umair Ali scored a quick 20 off 8 balls that included 2 sixes.
Chasing the total of 153, Dubai Pulse Secure could not ask for a worse start as they lost their top 3 batsmen at a score of 28 within the powerplay. Post that, Punya Mehra and Muhammad Hassan got together and played cautiously to get their team closer to the target. After they both were dismissed, it was Bilal Cheema who took charge and scored a fluent 44 off 21 deliveries before he was run out. Towards the end, Dubai looked down and out with regular fall of wickets but Ali Nasser had a different idea. He held his nerve, hit 2 massive sixes when it mattered the most and managed to tie the game for Dubai from an impossible situation.
Although, Sharjah Bukhatir XI were declared the winners for the game owing to more number of boundaries scored by them, Dubai shall derive a lot of confidence from the match and take it into their next game against Fujairah Pacific Ventures.
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.
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.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Dubai Pulse Secure
Who will win? – Fujairah Pacific Ventures
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohan Mustafa (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Bilal Cheema (Dubai Pulse Secure)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Sabir Rao (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Ali Nasser (Dubai Pulse Secure)
Most Sixes – Rohan Mustafa (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Bilal Cheema (Dubai Pulse Secure)
Man of the Match- Rohan Mustafa (Fujairah Pacific Ventures)
Team Scores Batting first – Fujairah Pacific Ventures 165+, Dubai Pulse Secure 150+
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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