Cricket Match Predictions: Southern Punjab vs Central Punjab – Pakistan Cup 2022 – 9th Match
The 9th Match of the Pakistan Cup 2022 will be played between Southern Punjab and Central Punjab at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.
Current Form Southern Punjab:
Southern Punjab have lost their second consecutive match of the Pakistan Cup 2022 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 6 wickets.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the toss and elected to bowl first. The top order of Southern Punjab got the starts but could not convert them into a bigger score and perished just when they looked set. Sharoon Siraj at number 5 played a phenomenal knock of 53 in 51 balls. He struck 3 fours and 3 sixes during the innings. Khalid Usman tightened the screws in the middle overs and bowled with utmost discipline. He gave away just 41 runs during his spell of 10 overs and picked up 3 wickets.
Chasing 183, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost 2 wickets for 43 runs and just when Southern Punjab looked set to turn the tables around, Sahibzada played a brilliant innings of 50 in 59 balls to set the tone for the chase. In the middle order, Adil Amin and Mohammad Haris did the remaining bit and helped their team cruise to the total in 36th over with 6 wickets in hand. Haris remained not out at 38 off 25 balls. For Southern Punjab, Rahat Ali picked up 2 wickets for just 34 runs.
Current Form Central Punjab:
Central Punjab have won their last match against Northern by 30 runs in a shortened game.
The match was reduced to 25 overs a side due to incessant rain. Northern won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ahmed Shehzad played a good hand at the top of the order making 34 in 24 balls. Muhammad Akhlaq played an important innings of 70 runs in 56 balls to take Central Punjab to a respectful total of 193 for 5 in 25 overs. For Northern, Musa Khan picked up 2 wickets for 32 runs.
Chasing 193, Nasir Nawaz went all guns blazing from the word go and smashed 25 off 15 balls. Haider Ali was dismissed early but Nawaz along with Umar Amin kept collecting the important runs in boundaries. Once these two got out, the momentum completely shifted in the favour of Central Punjab. With the required run rate mounting, it was becoming impossible to chase down the total easily. Northern were bowled out by the end of the 24th over as they fell short by 30 runs. For Central Punjab, Wahab Riaz picked up 4 wickets and conceded just 23 runs during his spell of 5 overs.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
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
Salman Ali Agha (Captain), Aamir Yamin, Abbas Afridi, Ali Majid, Azam Khan (WK), Faisal Akram, Hassan Khan, Imran Randhawa, Khushdil Shah, Rahat Ali, Sharoon Siraj, Sohaib Maqsood, Tayyab Tahir, Zain Abbas, Zeeshan Ashraf (WK) and Zia-ul-Haq.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Central Punjab
Who will win? – Central Punjab
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Umar Akmal (Central Punjab), Zeeshan Ashraf (Southern Punjab)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Wahab Riaz (Central Punjab), Rahat Ali (Southern Punjab)
Most Sixes – Umar Akmal (Central Punjab), Zeeshan Ashraf (Southern Punjab)
Player of the Match- Umar Akmal (Central Punjab)
Team Scores Batting first – Central Punjab 290+, Southern Punjab 250+
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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