Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Team Abu Dhabi - Match 22
The 22nd match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between Team Abu Dhabi and Fujairah Pacific Ventures at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
The last of two fixtures of Team Abu Dhabi had been abandoned for reasons unknown. They are still standing at the last position on the points table with 5 losses in 7 games.
In their last recognized game against Sharjah Bukhatir XI, Team Abu Dhabi lost the toss and were asked to field first. Sharjah Bukhatir XI started off very well with their openers Khalid Shah and Renjth Mani putting on an opening stand of 55 runs. After the dismissal of Khalid Shah, Fayyaz Ahmed arrived at the crease and carried the innings forward with Renjth Mani without playing any unnecessary strokes. Both Renjth Mani and Fayyaz Ahmed made 30+ scores for their team. The middle overs went little quiet for Sharjah Bukhatir XI but a late burst provided by Umair Ali ensured that the team reached a respectable total of 159 in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a competitive total of 159, Team Abu Dhabi got off to a poor start losing their opener at a score of 6 runs. Thereafter, Kai Smith and Soorya Sathish made sure they did not lose any more wicket in the powerplay overs and combined together to cautiously put on a partnership of 58 runs for the 2nd wicket. Right when this partnership threatened to gain the required momentum, it was broken by Kashif Daud. None of the middle order batsmen looked threatening and Sharjah Bukhatir XI were always in a better position to claim the game. At the end of 20 overs, Team Abu Dhabi were restricted to 128 runs and lost the match by 31 runs.
Team Abu Dhabi need to lift their batting standards if they are to pose any challenge to the top ranked side of Fujairah Pacific Ventures.
Fujairah Pacific Ventures on the other hand are purely dominating the tournament at its own terms and standing at the number 1 spot in the points table. In their last fixture against Sharjah Bukhatir XI, Fujairah lost the loss and were asked to field first. Renjth Mani and Khalid Shah provided a good start to Sharjah Bukhatir XI by raking up 60 runs for the 1st wicket partnership. Renjth Mani scored 20 runs off 16 balls before being bowled by Rohan Mustafa. Khalid Shah held one end and kept scoring at a fluent pace. He made 60 runs off just 47 deliveries. Once he was dismissed, Sharjah Bukhatir XI innings derailed and failed to provide any threat to Fujairah in the middle overs. It was due to the death over onslaught by Umair Ali that ensured Sharjah Bukhatir XI reached 153 in 20 overs.
The way pitch was behaving, experts could conclude that it was an under par score. Chasing 153, Fujairah Pacific Ventures started off well with Waseem Muhammad scoring 45 off 33 balls that included 3 towering sixes. After he was bowled over by Umair Ali, Usman Khan took over the baton to get Fujairah over the line. He played some fantastic strokes during his 62 off 38 deliveries and took the game away from Sharjah Bukhatir XI. Although Usman did not find enough support in other middle order batsmen, his score was sufficient to ensure Fujairah won the match in the end by 5 wickets with 1 over to spare.
Let’s have a look at the squads
Team Abu Dhabi
Aaryan Madani, Ben Willgoss, Jishnu Vattekkatt Balan, Kai Smith, Karthik Nagendran, Matiullah Khan, Mazhar Bashir, Midhun Sudhakar Pattlikkadan, Mudassir Hussain, Navalesh Naidoo, Osama Hasan Shah, Paresh Katkar, Pasindu Wanniarachchi, Sahil Sunil Hariani, Soorya Sathish and Surjith Manohardas.
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.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Team Abu Dhabi
Who will win? – Fujairah Pacific Ventures
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Usman Khan (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Kai Smith (Team Abu Dhabi)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Laqman Hazrat (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Mazhar Bashir (Team Abu Dhabi)
Most Sixes – Usman Khan (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Kai Smith (Team Abu Dhabi
Man of the Match- Usman Khan (Fujairah Pacific Ventures)
Team Scores Batting first- Fujairah Pacific Ventures 160+, Team Abu Dhabi 110+
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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