Balochistan and Central Punjab will face each other in the Pakistan National T20 Cup at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad on Wednesday,16th October 2019 at 6 pm (IST). The two sides had a tough start in the campaign. Both the teams lost their opening matches. Balochistan lost the first match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by seven wickets. Imam ul Haq scored 70 runs off the 51 balls he faced. The match will have no clear favourites as both the teams have some of the best players of Pakistani cricket.
In their second match against Sindh, they won by 52 runs. Bismillah Khan scored 77 runs of 48 balls and Awais Zia scored 54 runs off 30 balls for their team. Mohammad Hasnain took three wickets while conceding 42 runs in four overs. Saud Shakeel was the second-best bowler with one wicket to his credit, while conceding 18 runs.
Central Punjab lost their first match against Sindh by three wickets. However, in the next match against Northern Pakistan, Ahmed Shehzad and Saad Nadeem played well to win the match. Shehzad scored 111 runs off 60 balls. He was adjudged as the player of the match. The Pakistani captain and vice-captain will face off against each other in a well-contested battle.
Balochistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Awais Zia, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail (C), Imran Farhat, Bismillah Khan (WK), Amad Butt, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Umar Gul, Akif Javed, Mohammad Talha, Ali Shafiq, Imran Butt, Shahbaz Khan, Taimur Khan.
Central Punjab: Babar Azam (C), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal (WK), Umar Akmal, Rizwan Hussain, Bilal Asif, Fahim Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Saad Nadeem, Waqas Maqsood, Usman Qadir, Salman Butt, Hasan Ali, Ahmad Bashir, Ali Shan, Zafar Gohar.
Babar Azam (c), Imam ul Haq, Awais Zia, Bismillah Khan (wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Zafar Gohar, Taimur Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Gul, Akif Javed and Saad Nadeem.