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Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update – Pakistan Cup 2021, Semi-Final 2

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It is advisable to pick more batsmen in both of your Dream11 Fantasy teams.

Iftikhar Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 2nd Semi-Final of the Pakistan One Day Cup 2021 will be played between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern at State Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex, Karachi on Saturday.

This match is scheduled to start at 09:30 AM Local Time (10.00 AM IST) and could be streamed live on PCB’s YouTube channel.

Preview:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern will face each other in the 2nd Semi-Final of the tournament at the State Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex, Karachi on Saturday. Both teams will come into this match high on confidence after winning their last matches. Northern won their last match against Southern Punjab by 44 runs, whereas Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Balochistan by 23 runs.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finished the league stage at the 2nd spot of the points table, having won 6 out of 10 matches they have played so far. On the other hand, Northern finished just below them, having won five out of ten matches. Both teams have some quality players in their ranks and would like to cement their place for the Finals on Sunday.


KHP vs NOR Weather Report for Semi-Final 2:

The weather in Karachi has remained brilliant for cricket so far. There is no change in the weather as the sun is expected to shine on Saturday with the temperature hovering around 26 Degrees Celsius mark.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch at the State Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex is very much in favour of the batsmen as we have seen in last five matches, with the average first innings score being 320+. The team winning the toss will look to chase on this venue.

Average first innings score: 

323 (Last five matches played at this venue)

Record of chasing teams:

Won – 4; Lost – 1; Tied – 0


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Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

KHP vs NOR Today’s Probable Playing XIs:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:

Israrullah, Khalid Usman (c), Fakhar Zaman, Aamer Azmat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Adil Amin, Mohammad Haris, Asif Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Imran Khan, Mohammad Amir Khan.

Bench:

Irfanullah Shah, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Mohsin, Musadiq Ahmed, Rehan Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan, Sajid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Arshad Iqbal.

Northern:

Taimoor Sultan, Zeeshan Malik, Haider Ali, Umar Amin, Rohail Nazir, Hammad Azam (c), Nasir Nawaz, Mubasir Khan, Muhammad Musa, Salman Irshad, Athar Mehmood.

Bench:

Mohammad Nawaz, Aamer Jamal, Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Faizan Riaz, Jamal Anwar, Muhammad Ismail, Nauman Ali, Sohail Tanvir.


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KHP vs NOR Top picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s all-rounder, Iftikhar Ahmed is in brilliant form in this tournament. He has scored 306 runs at an average of 43.7 and has also picked up 9 wickets in seven matches so far.

Adil Amin is the highest run-scorer for his team who has plundered 353 runs at an average of 50.42 from his eight outings.

The leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Asif Afridi is a must pick for your fantasy team. He has bagged 18 wickets from his ten appearances and is expected to lead the bowling alley for his team in the upcoming semi-final.

Hammad Azam is the highest wicket-taker for Northern in this tournament. He is also in decent form with the bat. He has scored 349 runs and has scalped 12 wickets in this season.

Umar Amin has been in great touch with the bat. He has scored 385 runs at an average of 42.77 in ten matches he played for his team.

Athar Mehmood has scalped 11 wickets in 8 games so far and can come in handy in this game. He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker of his team in this tournament.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Hammad Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed

Vice-Captain Options – Adil Amin, Umar Amin


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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KHP vs NOR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Mohammad Haris, Rohail Nazir

Batters – Fakhar Zaman, Adil Amin (vc), Umar Amin, Hammad Azam (c)

All-Rounders – Iftikhar Ahmed, Khalid Usman

Bowlers – Imran Khan, Mubasir Khan, Salman Irshad

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KHP vs NOR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Mohammad Haris

Batters – Fakhar Zaman, Umar Amin (vc), Hammad Azam, Athar Mehmood

All-Rounders – Khalid Usman, Iftikhar Ahmed (c), Asif Afridi

Bowlers – Imran Khan, Muhammad Musa, Salman Irshad


Expert Advice

The batsmen have dominated so far in this tournament. Hence, it is advisable to pick more batsmen in both of your Dream11 Fantasy teams.

Today’s KHP vs NOR Probable Winners:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are expected to win this match.

Note: Updated Fantasy teams and Playing XIs of every match will be provided in our Telegram channel if the information is available.
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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