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Cricket Match Predictions: National T20 Cup 2020 - Central Punjab vs Southern Punjab - Match 2

Babar Azam (Central Punjab)
Babar Azam (Central Punjab)
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The 2nd match of the National T20 Cup 2020 will be played between Central Punjab and Southern Punjab at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Pakistan.

LIVE - Central Punjab (Pakistan) vs Southern Punjab (Pakistan), 2nd Match



Central Punjab could not make it to the knockouts in the last edition of the National T20 Cup and would look to improve their record.

They will have every chance of doing it with Babar Azam in their ranks. Babar first had a decent tour of England and then performed well for Somerset in the Vitality Blast 2020. He has 219 runs from 4 National T20 Cup matches at a strike rate of close to 160.

All-rounder Faheem Ashraf would be one of the leading bowlers for the side. He has pocketed 8 wickets from 4 matches in the competition. Spinner Usman Qadir with 5 scalps from 4 matches will also be in an important role of Central Punjab.

They will be up against Southern Punjab who made it to the second semi final in the National T20 Cup 2019.

 Aamer Yamin will be their leading batter and has 115 runs from 5 National T20 Cup matches. Saif Badar, the young and upcoming star for Pakistan, with an average of 27.66 in the competition will be another key batsman.

Zahid Mahmood and Aamer Yamin, with nine and three wickets respectively in the competition, will lead Southern Punjab's bowling attack.



Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:



Central Punjab – Babar Azam (captain), Saad Nasim (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Bilal Asif, Ehsan Adil, Faheem Ashraf, Irfan Khan Niazi, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Naseem Shah, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Sohaibullah, Usman Qadir and Zafar Gohar.



Southern Punjab – Shan Masood (captain), Hussain Talat (vice-captain), Aamir Yamin, Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali (subject to fitness), Saif Baddar, Sohaib Maqsood, Umer Khan, Umar Siddiq Khan, Zahid Mehmood and Zeeshan Ashraf (wicketkeeper).

 

 Cricket Match Predictions* - PrePlay



Who will win the toss? - Central Punjab

Who will win? – Central Punjab

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shan Masood (Southern Punjab), Babar Azam (Central Punjab)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Irfan (Southern Punjab), Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)

Most Sixes – Saif Baddar (Southern Punjab), Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab)

Man of the Match –  Babar Azam


Team Scores Batting first – Southern Punjab 170+, Central Punjab 180+

 

Match Handicap Central Punjab



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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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