Tuesday, March 31, 2009

RBS Cup Final

A number of international players as well as future prospects will be on show when PIA, who have won the National One Day Championship for a record 16 times, faces National Bank of Pakistan in the final the RBS Cup.

It will be some sight when Shoaib Malik (PIA) and Kamran Akmal (NBP) walk out for the toss tomorrow.

Shoaib Malik has with him the likes of Khurram Manzoor, Yasir Hameed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Najaf Shah, Anwar Ali, and Fazl-e-Akbar.

While Kamran Akmal will be leading Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz, and the future of Pakistan's pace attack - Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Talha.

Both PIA and NBP cruised through the group stages winning all but one of their matches and easily getting past the Mutlan Tigers and Lahore Lions in the semis respectively.

Salman Butt has been in fine form for NBP during the competition and is also the leading run scorer with 497 runs in 6 innings with 3 fifties and an unbeaten 150.

While Uzair Haq of NBP, a 22 year old pacer playing his 2nd season of List A cricket, is the leading wicket taker of the competition with 15 wickets in 6 matches.

While for PIA its been Khurram Manzoor, Yasir Hameed, and Sarfraz Ahmed who have been in good touch throughout the tournament.

On current form I would tip NBP to win the RBS Cup, but when it comes to domestic titles Shoaib Malik has had a lot of luck lately.

Should be an interesting game tomorrow.

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  1. Abdullah said...

    It shall be an interesting and lively encounter. I predict National Bank to win.........................

    But the structure and format of the competition has been appalling.

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