It has been a good start to the season for Balochistan so far in the 2019 National T20 Cup. They’ve managed to get 2 wins in their 3 games and that’s put them on the top of the points table currently. Their latest win came in the last game where they beat Central Punjab by a comfortable 27 runs margin. They are now up against Southern Punjab for Match 9 of the tournament in Faisalabad.
As for Southern Punjab, they began with a loss but they hit back strong in the second game where they beat Khyber by 4 wicket with 9 balls to spare. They now have 1 win in 2 games and are in the middle of the points table. Remember, the game is being played at the same ground as the rest in the series. Keep reading for our complete Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy preview of the BAL vs SOP game…
- Tournament: 2019 National T20 Cup.
- Date: 17th October 2019, 2:00pm IST.
- Venue: Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.
- Capacity: 18,000+
- Series status: Match 9 of the round robin stage.
Form (recent first)
- BAL: W L W
- SOP: W L
- Head to head, these two teams are playing each other for the first time.
- Awais Zia scores in 3 games this tournament – 31, 77, 56.
- Haris Sohail in 3 games this tournament so far – 0, 11, 2.
- Sami Aslam in 2 games this tournament so far – 3, 3.
The team has a few good batting options and one of them you can’t miss is Awais Zia who is doing a good job at the top of the order. After a few big scores before the tournament, he now has 2 fifties in 3 games. He isn’t expensive and another inexpensive player is wicket-keeper batsman Bismillah Khan who is much lesser known but he also has back-to-back fifties this tournament. Both are high-value fantasy picks.
After scoring 40, 56, 52 in three games against Sri Lanka, Haris Sohail hasn’t had the best of tournaments so far at the 2019 National T20 Cup, but that won’t take time to change so I’ll pick him. With the ball, Umar Gul is slowly finding his rhythm with 0 wickets in the first game, 1 in the second and 2 in the third. Another good option is Amad Butt who has managed 7 scalps so far this tournament, and he bats too with 35 runs in 3 games.
Wicket-keeper Umar Siddiq has scores of 15 and 1 so far so you can skip this player. Captain Shan Masood hasn’t been having a good time either with scores of 8 and 18, so you can skip him too, as he was primarily a test player for Pakistan too. Instead, pick Sohaib Maqsood who was a T20 specialist for Pakistan and so far, he has scores of 25 and 24 in the tournament. He will be wanting to convert these starts into a big score.
With the ball, it’s now a must to have Wahab Riaz in your Howzat (sign-up with code “READ1234”) fantasy team even if he isn’t among the wickets. He smashed a match-winning 42(17)* in the last game and also picked up 3/28, with a total of 5 wickets and 70 runs this season. Pick Aamer Yamin as he has 48 runs in 2 games and has opened the bowling in both games too, with 1 wicket so far; he has potential of bringing in the fantasy points.
BAL vs SOP Betting
Pakistan T20 Cup Match 9: BAL vs SOP betting
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