It has been a successful season for both these two teams who have reached the final of the 2019 National T20 Cup in Pakistan. The first to get through was Northern Punjab, a team that dominated int he round robin stage, topping the table with 4 wins in 5 games and then beating Khyber by 3 runs in Semi Final 1. They now play Balochistan in the final, having played them a couple of days back in the final game of the round robin.
Balochistan had 3 wins in 5 games in the round robin, just below Northern Punjab on the points table. They then went on to win a thriller, chasing 174 after scoring the 18 runs needed from the last over, winning narrowly by 3 wickets. The final takes place at the same ground at Faisalabad. Keep reading for our complete Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy preview of the NOR vs BAL final…
- Tournament: 2019 National T20 Cup.
- Date: 24th October 2019, 6:00pm IST.
- Venue: Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.
- Capacity: 18,000+
- Series status: FINAL.
Form (recent first)
- NOR: W W W W L
- BAL: W L W W W
- In the round robin, Northern Punjab won the game by 7 wickets.
- Sohail Tanvir – 11 wickets in 6 games in this tournament.
- Umar Gul – only 1 wicket in last 3 games this season.
- Awais Zia in this tournament so far – 31, 77, 56, 22, 31, 31.
One of the most experienced T20 bowlers with plenty of records to his name, Sohail Tanvir has topped the bowling charts in this tournament so far and you must pick as everyone will be doing so. Another bowler in good form so far is Shadab Khan who has a knack of picking up wickets. Even though he isn’t at his best at the moment, he still has 9 wickets to his name in this tournament so far. Both can be handy with the bat too.
The captain Imad Wasim is one of my favourite Pakistani cricketers and so far, he has 5 wickets and 75 runs in this tournament but has the potential of being a match winner on his day. With the bat, Asif Ali is the team’s highest with 227 runs but in the last 3 games, he only has a best score of 28. Instead, I’ll pick Umar Amin who has 206 runs in this tournament and is in good touch, scoring 43 in the semi final as well.
‘All-rounder’ Amad Butt was one of my first picks in the last few games but he has gone wicketless in his last two outing, having 8 wickets in 6 games so far. However, he played a vital knock of 29(14)* in the semi final to take his team across the line. I’ll pick him again. Another very experienced bowler who has many T20I records to his name is Umar Gul and he won’t be in many fantasy teams considering he has only 4 wickets in 6 games.
With the bat, Awais Zia is a must have in your Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy team and I’ve been picking him in every game so far. He has a lowest score of 22 in 6 games, to go with 2 fifties and is the tournament leader with 248 runs. He has three scores of 31 and will be dying to get past that figure. Your wicket-keeper pick can be Bismillah Khan who scored two consecutive fifties but now has only 24 runs in the last 3 games.
NOR vs BAL Betting
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— Read Scoops (@ReadScoops) October 24, 2019