We’re finally reaching the business end of this short and sweet 2019 National T20 Cup in Pakistan. It’s going to be a battle of the table toppers as Balochistan gears up to take on current table toppers Northern Punjab in the final game of the round robin stage of this tournament. It’s Match 15 and so far, both teams have 3 wins in 4 games each in this tournament.
Both teams have qualified to the semi-final and this is a dead rubber, but there are bragging rights still to play for as the winner today will end on top of the table and play the 4th place finisher in their semi-final. All games are being played at the same ground in Faisalabad. Keep reading for our complete Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy preview of the BAL vs NOR game…
- Tournament: 2019 National T20 Cup.
- Date: 22nd October 2019, 6:00pm IST.
- Venue: Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.
- Capacity: 18,000+
- Series status: Match 15 of the round robin stage.
Form (recent first)
- BAL: W W W L
- NOR: W W L W
- Head to head, these two teams play each other for the first time.
- Amad Butt – 8 wickets in 4 games in this tournament.
- Awais Zia in this tournament so far – 31, 77, 56, 22.
With the ball, Amad Butt has been brilliant so far with at least a wicket in every game including two 3-fers so far. While he has no runs in the last 2 games, an added benefit is that he can bat, with scores of 4 and 31 in the first couple of outings. Along with him, Akif Javed has been a surprise too, with 7 wickets in 4 games after initially going wicketless in the first game. I would drop one of them and pick the experienced Umar Gul instead, who has only 3 wickets so far and won’t be in many fantasy teams.
Opener Awais Zia has been their biggest plus point so far this season with two fifties and a lowest score of 22 so far. He came into this tournament with good form too and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be picked in your fantasy team. With 157 runs, Imam ul Haq has also been in good form having scored 2 fifties and he’s a safety insurance who you shouldn’t drop. Your value pick would be wicket-keeper Bismillah Khan who also has 2 fifties and 119 runs this season.
Probably one of the best bowlers in T20 history, Sohail Tanvir has proved his worth once again with 7 wickets in his 4 games and while he has only 2 runs in 2 innings, he can be handy with the bat when required too. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan hasn’t been at his best in this tournament but he’s managed to pick up wickets, now with 5 scalps in 4 games. Prior to this, he had 5 wickets in 5 games against Sri Lanka and can score a few runs if needed too.
Even though Asif Ali has more runs, Umar Amin has been more consistent for Norther Punjab and the latter is my first-choice batsman today, with 1 fifty and 163 runs in 4 games so far. Another pick for your Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy team is Mohammad Nawaz who is a genuine all-rounder who has been doing a little bit of batting and bowling so far this tournament. He has 2 wickets and a top score of 50.
BAL vs NOR Betting
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