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Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Team Abu Dhabi - Match 9

Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
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The 9th match of the Emirates D20 tournament will be played between Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Team Abu Dhabi at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.

LIVE - Fujairah Pacific Ventures and Team Abu Dhabi - Match 9

Team Abu Dhabi has lost its first 3 games by a fair margin. None of their batsmen looked to dominate the innings so far including the likes of Kai Smith. They have got the starts but have not piled up runs after that. It has caused Team Abu Dhabi to defend small totals in the tournament.

In their last match today afternoon against Dubai Pacific Ventures, they opted to bat first after winning the toss. The pitch looked good for scoring runs and hence it seemed a good decision but Team Abu Dhabi got off to a terrible start as it lost Aryan Madani in the first over itself. He was soon followed by Midhun Sudhakar who scored a meagre 5 runs for his team. Post the powerplay overs, Kai Smith and Osama Hasan tried to rebuild the innings and Hasan smashed a few boundaries but Kai Smith was not able to keep up the scoring rate. He too was dismissed soon scoring 13 runs off 22 deliveries. Apart from Osama Hasan who scored 31 runs for his team, Jishu Vattekatt also made an important contribution of 20 runs coming at a quick pace. In the end, Team Abu Dhabi scored 107 runs in 20 overs losing 9 wickets in the process.

It was a low total to defend, hence the bowlers were expected to maintain a good line and length to manufacture early results for the team. However, they were totally outsmarted by the opening pair of Dubai Secure Pulse who put on a fantastic 48 run partnership in just 3.2 overs of play. After Adnaan Khan was dismissed, Syed Haider carried his bat through to take Dubai Secure home with 8 wickets to spare. Among the bowlers, only Mazhar Bashir and Jishu Vattekatt picked up 1 wicket each. Rest of the bowlers went for plenty and gifted the game to Dubai.

They are looking weak in their next game against Fujairah Pacific Ventures and they need to lift their game to surprise the scorers.

Fujairah Pacific Ventures on the other hand have been having a great tournament so far with 2 wins to their name in 2 games played. In their most recent game against Dubai Pulse Secure, they played fantastically and kept their nerve in the moments that mattered most to come out on top. Fielding first, they restricted the Dubai side to a paltry 119 in 20 overs, thanks to the wonderful spells of bowling by Akif Raja and Ahmed Raza as both picked up 2 wickets in the game to derail Dubai batting.

Chasing the total of 120, Rohan Mustafa held the innings together after an early dismissal of Waseem Muhammad. Rohan made a match winning contribution of 62 runs in just 53 deliveries. The scoring rate dropped in the middle overs for once, but Rohan ensured they were not far behind the required rate by smashing a few boundaries each time bowlers seemed on top. Fujairah chased the total in the 20th over and won the game by 4 wickets.

Although the victory was no as comfortable as Fujairah Pacific Ventures would have liked but it will anyway fill them up with lot of confidence for the upcoming fixture against Team Abu Dhabi.

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) – Waseem Muhammad (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Osama Hasan (Team Abu Dhabi)

Top Bowler?(Wickets taken) – Ahmed Raza (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Mazhar Bashir (Team Abu Dhabi)

Most Sixes - Waseem Muhammad (Fujairah Pacific Ventures), Osama Hasan (Team Abu Dhabi)

Man of the Match - Waseem Muhammad

Team Scores Batting first - Fujairah Pacific Ventures 150+, Team Abu Dhabi 110+

Match Handicap - Fujairah Pacific Ventures

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