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National T20 Cup, 2019: Match 5, Central Punjab vs Northern – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Babar Azam scored his 3rd century of 2019 in the Twenty20 format on Sunday.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The 5th match of the National T20 Cup 2019 will be played between Central Punjab and Northern at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (2:00 PM IST) (8:30 AM GMT)

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Preview:

Central Punjab started their campaign with a strong batting performance in their first game against the Sindh team on Sunday. Their skipper Babar Azam scored an unbeaten 59-ball 102 helping them to finish on 188/3. The total wasn’t enough despite taking wickets regularly. The equation came down to 100 needed from 50 balls but Sindh finished the chase with a ball to spare.

Central Punjab will now take on Northern who started off with a convincing win on Monday afternoon. Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Amir shared five wickets between them to restrict Southern Punjab to 135/9. Umar Amin’s fifty at the top and an unbeaten 24-ball 44 from Asif Ali helped the Imad Wasim-led team to chase down the target with an over remaining.


Weather Condition/Report:

Faisalabad is expected to be sunny in the afternoon on Tuesday with no threat from the rain.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The teams chasing do have a good record during the afternoon games but the batting first sides have continuously struggled. Both the games played in the afternoon in this tournament produced scores of less than 150.

Average first innings score: 156 (Last 7 afternoon T20 games)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 2

Injury and Availability News:

Hasan Ali will need to pass a fitness test to be part of the playing XI.


Probable Playing XIs:

Central Punjab:

Babar Azam (C), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal (WK), Umar Akmal, Rizwan Hussain, Bilal Asif, Fahim Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Saad Naseem, Waqas Maqsood, Usman Qadir.

Bench: Salman Butt, Hasan Ali, Ahmad Bashir, Ali Shan, Zafar Gohar.

Northern:

Umar Amin, Rohail Nazir (WK), Naveed Malik, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Sohail Akhtar, Imad Wasim (C), Hammad Azam, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir.

Bench: Musa Khan, Zaid Alam, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Ali Imran.


Top Picks:

Kamran Akmal is in great form over the last couple of years and will be hoping to produce a big knock on Tuesday. Naveed Malik got out for a low score in the previous game. He scored 206 runs with help of two fifties across four innings at an average of 51.5 including a score of 90 in the previous National T20 Cup. Umar Amin opening the batting will help his consistency with the bat. Hammad Azam didn’t play the first game but is expected to get a chance on Tuesday. He amassed 182 runs across 8 innings last season and also took nine wickets from 9 games.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Umar Amin

Vice-Captain – Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Fahim Ashraf

Babar Azam will be crucial as a captain or vice-captain yet again.


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Rohail Nazir, Kamran Akmal

Batsmen – Babar Azam (C), Umar Amin, Asif Ali

All-Rounders – Mohammad Nawaz (VC), Fahim Ashraf

Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Usman Qadir, Sohail Tanvir

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Kamran Akmal (VC)

Batsmen – Babar Azam, Umar Amin (C), Naveed Malik, Asif Ali

All-Rounders – Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf

Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Waqas Maqsood, Usman Qadir


Expert Advice:

In the presence of International players of 9 and more credits, the duo of Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal might not be fitted in the fantasy team. Shehzad is of credits 9 credits while Umar costs 10 credits.

Probable Winners:

Central Punjab is expected to bounce back with their first win.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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