Cricket Match Predictions: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Central Punjab – Pakistan Cup 2022– 27th Match
The 27th match of the Pakistan Cup 2022 will be played between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Central Punjab at the House of Northern, Islamabad.
Current Form Central Punjab:
Central Punjab lost their last fixture against Balochistan by 76 runs.
Central Punjab won the toss and elected to field first. Balochistan’s Imran Butt and Haseebullah Khan gave their team a fabulous start. They stitched a partnership of 92 runs for the first wicket. Imran Butt went on to make a fantastic hundred and scored 129 off 93 balls before being dismissed by Raza Ali Dar. Asad Shafiq in the middle order also flexed his muscles and smashed 104 runs with the bat. These brave knocks helped Balochistan achieve a total of 371 for 4 in 50 overs.
Chasing 371, Central Punjab’s Ahmed Shehzad played very well and got his team off to a flying start. He made 66 off 54 balls before being dismissed by Yasir Shah. The middle order failed to carry forward any momentum provided by the top order and Central Punjab were always lagging behind in terms of the required run rate. Saad Nasim played a brilliant knock of 59 in 62 balls in the lower middle order but to no avail as Central Punjab fell short by 76 runs.
For Balochistan, Amad Butt and Asad Shafiq both picked up 3 wickets.
Current Form Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won their last match against Southern Punjab by 35 runs.
Southern Punjab won the toss and asked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to have a bat first. Ashfaq Ahmed and Kamran Ghulam lost their wickets early on in the innings. Ahmed and Ghulam both were dismissed at 3.
Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Sarwar resurrected the Khyber innings with their 3rd wicket partnership of 166 runs. Fakhar Zaman was dismissed after he scored a brilliant run a ball 95. Mohammad Sarwar on the other end smashed 72 off 85 balls. Mohammad Wasim in the late lower order provided the necessary boost in the death overs by tonking 18 off 8 balls to help Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finish at a decent total of 285 for 7 in 50 overs.
Southern Punjab’s Zia-Ul-Haq picked up 4 wickets for 65 runs.
Chasing 285, Southern Punjab lost Tayyab Tahir and Sharoon Siraj early on in the innings. This put pressure on to the middle order. Skipper Agha Salman continued his fabulous form and smashed 56 off 77 balls. But just when he needed to stay at the crease longer and take the game deeper, he was cleaned up by Khalid Usman.
Azam Khan and Khushdil Shah led the counter attack in the lower middle order but both lost their wicket at a wrong time. The last hope perished with the dismissal of Aamer Yamin and post that, the Southern Punjab team quickly collapsed and were bowled out for 250, losing the match by 35 runs.
For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khalid Usman picked up 3 wickets for 68 runs.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Iftikhar Ahmed (Captain), Aamer Azmat, Adil Amin, Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan Jnr., Imran Khan Snr, Irfanullah Shah, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Haris (WK), Mohammad Sarwar, Sahibzada Farhan, Sameen Gul, Waqar Ahmed and Wasim Jnr.
Raza Ali Dar (Captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Awais Ali, Hussain Talat, Imran Dogar, Muhammad Akhlaq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Irfan Jnr., Nisar Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz and Zafar Gohar
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Who will win? – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ahmed Shehzad (Central Punjab)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) –Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Wahab Riaz (Central Punjab)
Most Sixes – Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ahmed Shehzad (Central Punjab)
Player of the Match- Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Team Scores Batting first – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 280+, Central Punjab 260+
Match Handicap: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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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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