Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions Emirates D20: Ajman Alubond v ECB Blues - Match 8
The 8th match of the Emirates D20 Tournament will be played between Ajman Alubond and ECB Blues at the ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai.
Ajman Alubond have won one of their match against Team Abu Dhabi and lost another against Sharjah Bukhatir XI.
In their most recent game against Sharjah Bukhatir XI, Ajman Alubond won the toss and elected to bat first. They could not get off to a good start losing 2 of their top order batsmen within the powerplay overs with only 18 runs on the board. It was over to Rameez Shahzad and Abdul Shakoor to rebuild the innings again like they did against Abu Dhabi. They put on a wonderful partnership of 76 runs for the 3rd wicket. Rameez scored 38 runs before getting dismissed by Faisal Altaf. Once the partnership was broken, the momentum was lost and the fall of wickets in crucial moments meant Ajman Alubond could only make an under par score of 128 runs in 20 overs.
Defending the total, Ajman Alubond bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Renjth Mani and Khalid Shah as they collected 45 runs in 4.2 overs before Shah lost his wicket. Fayyaz Ahmed came in at number 3 and hit some ferocious shots to ease the pressure created by losing the first wicket. He and Mani collected 31 runs for the 3rd wicket. After Mani fell, Ahmed held one end very tight and ensured he did not give away his wicket before taking his team home. In the end, Sharjah Bukhatir XI chased the target comfortably by 6 wickets. The pick of the bowlers for Ajman Alubond was Nasir Aziz who picked up 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs.
Ajman Alubond need to give a collective team performance to give fight to the strong team of ECB Blues.
ECB Blues on the other hand won both of their last 2 games played against Team Abu Dhabi and Dubai Pulse Secure. In their last match against Dubai Pulse Secure, they fielded first after winning an important toss. Sanchit Sharma started off beautifully for ECB Blues swinging the ball both ways and got rewarded with an early wicket of Rudra Mahadev. ECB Blues bowlers kept the pressure on Dubai by picking up wickets in regular intervals. By the 7th over, Dubai were reduced to 29 for 3 losing their captain Shahrukh Sheikh. Muhammad Usman then played a vital knock of 48 runs to bail his team out of trouble and was supported well by Bilal Cheema and Omer Farooq. Dubai finished with a score of 128 runs in 20 overs.
Replying to the target of 129, Vriitya Aravind and CP Rizwan moved the scoreboard gradually by focusing on rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundary. However, they could not utilize the poweplay overs well and lost Aravind right after the powerplay with the score of 31 runs. After the top 3 were dismissed, ECB Blues were looking in all sorts of trouble in the middle overs and they needed more than 9 runs per over at one point. However, Alishan Sharafu and Basil Hameed kept their cool and unleashed their hitting prowess in the death overs. Due to a wonderful knock of 48 runs by Alishan Sharafu, ECB Blues chased the target comfortably in the end by 7 wickets.
ECB Blues are looking in great touch and they will want to continue the winning momentum against Ajman Alubond in their next game.
Let’s have a look at the squads
Adhitya Shetty, Ali Shan Sharafu, Ansh Tandon, Aryan Lakra, Ateeq ur Rehman, Basil Hameed, Fahad Nawaz, Junaid Siddique, Kartik Meiyappan, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Rizwan CP, Sanchit Sharma, Vriitya Aravind, Waheed Ahmad and Zahoor Khan
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? – ECB Blues
Who will win? – ECB Blues
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Abdul Shakoor (Ajman Alubond), Vriitya Aravind (ECB Blues)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nasir Aziz (Ajman Alubond), Sanchit Sharma (ECB Blues)
Most Sixes – Rameez Shahzad (Ajman Alubond), Vriitya Aravind (ECB Blues)
Man of the Match- Vriitya Aravind (ECB Blues)
Team Scores Batting first – ECB Blues 145+, Ajman Alubond 130+
Match Handicap- ECB Blues
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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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