About the Match
With 4 points in their bag, Rawalpindi is currently in the 5th position in the table and will take on Lahore Blues, who are placed at the bottom with only 2 points so far, on 11th September at Multan. While Lahore Blues have been on a losing streak and are out of contention for a place in the semi-finals, Rawalpindi which lost its two recent matches needs a much-needed victory in order to keep their campaign alive. Both teams have a mix of experience and young talent but whichever team can strategize well on the field will emerge victorious.
Batting first against Islamabad, the batsmen staggered to put up the runs on the table and despite 26 runs made by Nasir Jamshed, 30+ runs each scored by Naved Yasin and Saad Nasim, they could muster only 119 runs in the end, which was hardly much to fight for and they lost the match by 5 wickets. Against Karachi Whites too, they could only get to 142 runs batting first, which the bowlers failed to defend and lost the match by 3 wickets in a close finish.
While the batting line-up consists of experienced players like Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed and Asif Raza, who scored a well-made 44 against Karachi Whites, they haven’t been able to build solid partnerships when required. Raza Ali Dar, Naved Yasin and Saad Nasim can stabilize the middle order while the openers can try to focus on providing good starts whether batting first or chasing.
The bowling unit consists of speedsters like Imran Ali and spinners like Zafar Gohar and Raza Ali Dar, who can try to provide quick breakthroughs; others like Ahmed Bashir, Agha Salman and Fahim Ashraf can try to put up disciplined attacks in order to stifle the opposition.
Despite a superb half-century scored by captain Umar Amin, they failed to chase down a modest target of 141 against Karachi Whites; Mukhtar Ahmed and Zeeshan Malik tried to support well but they were dismissed by the 7th over. The middle-order collapsed like a pack of cards and they can definitely put up a better show in the upcoming match. Earlier, fast-bowlers Aizaz Cheema took 2-22 and Hammad Azam dismissed the opening batsman on the other camp which caused heavy upsets; spinners Sadab Khan and Samiullah provided regular wickets to restrict the opponents to 140.
In the match against Peshawar too, the batsmen put up a dismal show being unable to chase down 141 runs; Umar Amin yet again fought a lone battle as he posted a superb 52 but nobody else supported him in achieving the goals.
The bowling department has been effective in taking consistent wickets and they can put up a stiff challenge to Lahore Blues here too; the batsmen need to pull up their socks in order to win this crucial game.
Lahore Blues has been spiralling downwards and they might be low on morale too but they can use resources to fight better here; on the other hand, Rawalpindi which is struggling a little with their batting woes can take this opportunity to make a comeback, which is what is more likely to happen on Sunday