NOR vs SOP Prediction, Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips: Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update – National T20 Cup 2020, Semi-Final 1
League stage toppers Northern are expected to get into the finals by beating Southern Punjab.
Updated - Oct 17, 2020 2:27 am
The 1st Semi-Final of the National T-20 Cup will be played between Northern and Southern Punjab at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.
The match is scheduled to start at 3: 00 PM local time (3:30 PM IST) and will be streamed on the Pakistan Cricket Youtube channel.
In the 1st Semi-Final of National T20 Cup 2020, defending champions Northern will be up against Southern Punjab at Rawalpindi on Saturday. Northern were the first team to qualify for semis as table toppers with 16 points. They have been consistent throughout the tournament with both the bat and ball. With great death bowling, they won their last league match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 11 runs. Under the leadership of Imad Wasim, they are one of the favorites to lift this year’s National T-20 cup. Haider Ali and Zeeshan Malik have played a vital role in their success with the bat at the top of the order. Shadab Khan has been exceptional for them in all the departments.
Meanwhile, Southern Punjab made an unbelievable chase in the last match of the league stage in just 10.4 overs against Balochistan to enter into the semi-finals. They were at the bottom of the table prior to this match and had almost lost the hopes of semis, but their batters kept them in the hunt and won the match. With 4 wins and 6 losses, they ended at 4th spot with 8 points. They share the same points with Balochistan and Central Punjab but qualified to the semis on the basis of net run rate.
NOR vs SOP Weather Report for Semi-Final 1:
It will be a sunny afternoon in Rawalpindi with the temperature ranging between 24 to 32 degrees Celsius and there is no chance of precipitation for this match.
By looking at the previous matches played on this ground, the pitch here at the Rawalpindi Cricket stadium is more suited for the batters. In the last few matches, teams batted first have put up huge scores on the board. Whoever wins the toss should look to bat first.
Average first innings score:
174 (Last 5 complete matches played on this ground)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 1, Lost – 4, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
NOR vs SOP Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Muhammad Musa, Muhammad Nawaz, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Ismail, Sohail Akhtar, Raja Farzan.
Southern Punjab (Pakistan)
Sohaib Maqsood, Zeeshan Ashraf (wk), Shan Masood (c), Khushdil Shah, Aamer Yamin, Hussain Talat, Saif Badar, Mohammad Imran, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Ilyas.
Umer Khan, Zain Abbas, Ali Shafiq, Umar Siddiq, Dilbar Hussain.
NOR vs SOP Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:
Zeeshan Malik is the highest run-getter so far for Northern in this tournament, scoring 289 runs in 8 innings at an average of 36.12 and with a strike rate of 140.29.
Haider Ali has scored 276 runs in 7 innings at an average of 39.42 and with a strike rate of 172.5. He has scored 2 half-centuries.
Shadab Khan has been a handy player for Northern in all the departments. He has scored 189 runs in 7 innings at an average of 31.5, with a strike rate of 156.19. With the ball, he has picked up 14 wickets at an economy rate of 8.05 runs per over.
Haris Rauf tops the list of leading wicket-takers in this tournament, picking up 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.23 runs per over.
Sohaib Maqsood tops the list of highest run-getters, scoring 377 runs at an average of 37.7 and a strike rate of 175.34.
Khushdil Shah has scored 327 runs in 10 innings at an average of 36.33 and a strike rate of 183.7.
Hussain Talat has scored 255 runs in 10 innings at an average of 31.87 and a strike rate of 145.71. He has also picked up 6 wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Zeeshan Malik, Haider Ali
Vice-Captain Options – Khushdil Shah, Sohaib Maqsood
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for NOR vs SOP Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Zeeshan Ashraf
Batters – Zeeshan Malik (c), Asif Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah (vc)
All-Rounders – Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat
Bowlers – Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for NOR vs SOP Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Zeeshan Ashraf
Batters – Zeeshan Malik, Haider Ali (c), Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood (vc), Khushdil Shah
All-Rounders – Ali Imran, Aamer Yamin
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Ilyas
Sohaib Maqsood was instrumental in the run chase against Balochistan, scoring 81 runs from just 29 balls. It is advisable to include him in both of your Dream11 Fantasy teams.
Today’s NOR vs SOP Probable Winners:
Northern are expected to win this match.