Cricket Match Predictions: National T20 Cup 2020 - Northern vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Match 1
The 1st match of the National T20 Cup 2020 will be played between Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Pakistan.
Defending champions Northern, who won the National T20 Cup 2019 by 52 runs against Balochistan, will start as one of the favorites in the competition.
Ali Imran was their top run scorer last year with 191 runs from 6 matches at an average of over 30 and a strike rate of 145.80. Umar Amin also struck 266 runs from 7 matches at an average of 38 and a strike rate of 133. The two will be the batsmen to look out for.
Northern's bowling will be led by spin bowling all rounder Shadab Khan who has 11 wickets from 7 matches in the competition at an economy rate of 7.61. He will get support from veteran medium pace bowler Sohail Tanvir who has 15 wickets from 8 games.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost their semi final match in National T20 Cup 2019.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and opener Fakhar Zaman have 215 and 192 runs respectively in the competition and will be the team's leading batsmen.
The bowling load would be on the shoulders of Usman Shinwari, who would be itching to get back into national contention with some fine performances. Shinwari has 10 wickets from 6 matches. Mohammad Mohsin will also be an important bowler for the side.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Mohsin, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Zohaib Khan.
Northern – Imad Wasim (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Farzan Raja, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik.
Cricket Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Who will win? – Northern
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – M Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ali Imran (Northern)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Mohsin (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Sohail Tanvir (Northern)
Most Sixes – Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ali Imran (Northern)
Man of the Match – Ali Imran
Team Scores Batting first – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 155+, Northern 170+
Match Handicap Northern
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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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