Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: Sharjah Bukhatir XI and Ajman Alubond - Match 26
The 26th match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between Ajman Alubond and Sharjah Bukhatir XI at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
Sharjah Bukhatir XI lost the game yesterday against ECB Blues where they underwent a batting collapse while chasing 138. Fielding first in the game, Sharjah Bukhatir XI bowlers started off well by picking up an early wicket in the form of Aryan Lakra. However, there was a wicketless period from over number 5th to over number 16th during which Alishan Sharafu and Vriitya Aravind put on a partnership of 66 runs for the 2nd wicket. Alishan Sharafu made 56 runs while Vriitya scored 40 runs. There were no firecracker shots from the bat of ECB Blues batsmen but they were consistently scoring on any opportunity rendered to them by Sharjah Bukhatir XI bowlers. In the end, ECB batsmen put up a total of 138 in 20 overs. Kashif Daud was the pick of the bowlers for Sharjah Bukhatir XI as he claimed 3 wickets in his spell of 4 overs.
Chasing small totals is always a tricky affair and Sharjah Bukhatir XI had to approach the game with right calculations. They lost their prime batsman Renjth Mani early on as he was adjudged LBW to the bowling of Zahoor Khan. The early dent in the batting line up did not stop Khalid Shah to play his natural game as he belted a few balls to the boundary for his fluent innings of 24 runs before he was caught by Alishan Sharafu off Waheed Ahmed’s bowling. It was followed by an epic collapase of Sharjah Bukhatir XI batting and they were reduced to 46 for 6 at one point. Umair Ali in the middle overs borrowed some hope to Sharjah but the lack of wickets in hand made it a very difficult job. Sharjah Bukhatir XI were bundled out for 118 and lost the match by 20 runs.
Ajman Alubond on the other hand are placed at the 5th position on points table with only one win in 7 games. They have lost their last game against Dubai Pacific Secure that was a great thriller to watch. Losing the toss to Dubai Pulse Secure, they were asked to field first. Adnaan Khan took his team off to a flying start by scoring a quick paced 43 in just 18 balls. Once he was dismissed, the responsibility of taking Dubai to a respectable total was taken up by captain Shahrukh Sheikh and Muhammad Hassan. They put on a partnership of 71 runs for the 4th wicket and ensured that Dubai never lost momentum going into the death overs. In the end, Dubai put on a massive 186 on the board in 20 overs.
Chasing 186, Ajman Alubond lost Ali Khan early on but an important second wicket partnership of 39 runs between Asif Khan and Abdul Shakoor kept their team in the game. Asif Khan was very fluent with his selection of strokes and was looking adamant to reach the three figure mark. After Abdul Shakoor and Amjad Gul were dismissed, Asif Khan along with Rameez Shahzad provided the much needed momentum to the innings in middle overs and stitched a fast paced partnership of 82 runs taking Ajman very close to the target. However, wickets in quick succession cost Ajman and they fell short just by 3 runs in an epic game. Asif Khan was adjudged the man of the match for his 101 runs in 67 deliveries.
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.
Abdul Shakoor, Adnan ul Mulk Nawab, Ali Khan, Amjad Gul Khan, Anand Kumar, Asif Khan, Ehtesham Siddiq, Hamad Arshad, Nasir Aziz, Rameez Shahzad, Rishab Mukherjee, Shareef Asadullah, Sheraj Piya, Sultan Ahmad, Waqas Ali and Zuhaib Zubair.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Sharjah Bukhatir XI
Who will win? – Ajman Alubond
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fayyaz Ahmed (Sharjah Bukhatir XI ), Asif Khan (Ajman Alubond)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Kashif Daud (Sharjah Bukhatir XI), Sultan Muhammad Akhtar (Ajman Alubond)
Most Sixes – Fayyaz Ahmed (Sharjah Bukhatir XI ), Asif Khan (Ajman Alubond)
Man of the Match- Asif Khan (Ajman Alubond)
Team Scores Batting first – Sharjah Bukhatir XI 140+, Ajman Alubond 150+
Match Handicap- Ajman Alubond
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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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