Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: Team Abu Dhabi and Ajman Alubond- Match 18
The 18th match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between Ajman Alubond and Team Abu Dhabi at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
The encounter between Team Abu Dhabi and Sharjah Bukhatir XI today was abandoned.
Team Abu Dhabi have performed poorly so far in the tournament losing 5 of their completed games. They are currently occupying the last spot on the points table. In their most recent outing, they were defeated by a big margin of 31 runs against Sharjah Bukhatir XI. They were asked to field first after losing the toss. Their bowlers went for plenty as Khalid Shah and Renjth Mani provided a stunning start to the Sharjah Bukhatir XI innings. They compiled 55 runs for the opening partnership and set a great tone for the middle order to cash on. Fayyaz Ahmed at number 3 showed why he is one of the most reliable batsmen for Sharjah Bukhatir XI as he made another 30 + score for his team. Sharjah Bukhatir XI scored 159 runs in 20 overs against a spineless bowling attack of Team Abu Dhabi.
Chasing 159 on a tricky pitch was always going to be difficult for the Abu Dhabi batsmen unless they followed a different approach from their last games. However, it looked like the same pattern as they lost their first wicket at a score of 6 runs. Kai Smith and Soorya Sathish tried to give some revival to the chase but their partnership of 58 runs came at a very low scoring rate. This resulted in a mounting required rate that the middle order was not able to cope with and they were restricted to 128 runs in 20 overs losing the match by 31 runs.
Team Abu Dhabi need to reassess their strategy and strike the ball hard from the word go if they are to put any pressure against their opposition Ajman Alubond in their next game.
Ajman Alubond on the other hand have lost 4 of their 5 completed games and are also in a miserable position on the points table. In their recent fixture against Fujairah Pacific Ventures, Ajman Alubond won the toss and decided to field first. Sheraz Piya started brilliantly with the ball and picked out the big fish in the form of Waseem Muhammad. However, after his dismissal Rohan Mustafa and Usman Khan put on a match winning partnership of 114 runs to take the game few steps further from Ajman Alubond. Rohan Mustafa scored 40 runs and Usman Khan made a stunning contribution of 78 runs to their team. Fujairah Pacific Ventures ended up amassing a total of 164 runs on the board in 20 overs.
Chasing the total of 164, Ajman Alubond lost their opening batsman Asif Khan early to Laqman Hazrat. Post that, Ali Khan and Abdul Shakoor put on an important stand of 39 runs for the 2nd wicket. When Ali Khan was dismissed in the 15th over, Ajman Alubond still needed 72 runs in 32 deliveries. Rameez Shahzad and Amjad Gul fought hard in the death overs by scoring 26 and 33 runs respectively for their team but it was not enough as Ajman Alubond fell short by 17 runs in the end.
Ajman Alubond surely have an upper hand in the next game against Team Abu Dhabi but they will have to bring out their best game to avoid an upset.
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.
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? - Team Abu Dhabi
Who will win? - Ajman Alubond.
Top Batsman?(Runs Scored) - Abdul Shakoor (Ajman Alubond), Kai Smith (Team Abu Dhabi)
Top Bowler?(Wickets taken) - Sheraz Piya (Ajman Alubond), Mazhar Bashir (Team Abu Dhabi)
Most Sixes - Abdul Shakoor (Ajman Alubond), Osama Hasan (Team Abu Dhabi)
Man of the Match - Abdul Shakoor (Ajman Alubond)
Team Scores Batting first - Ajman Alubond 140+, Team Abu Dhabi 120+
Match Handicap - Ajman Alubond.
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