Author : A Smith | Created : 2022-08-24 13:32:00
Sharjah and Ajman are the two teams that have so far played the best cricket in this year's edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The former have won three out of five games while the latter have won three out of five as well, but Sharjah have an edge over Ajman due to their better net run rate. Both teams will be desperate to win this match and keep themselves in contention for qualification for the knockouts stages as well as promotion into Group A next year, and they will go all out on Friday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Dubai.
Sharjah have played five matches in the group stage so far, winning three of them. They have a net run rate of +0.9 and will be looking to continue the good work in this game against Al Ain.
Sharjah's stats are not very impressive so far in this tournament as they have only scored 108 runs per match while conceding 106 runs per match. However, one factor that has helped them win games is their bowling attack which has been exceptional so far with an economy rate of 4.9 and 6/27 being their best bowling figures so far after five games played at home ground (outfield). They won their last two games against Ajman by 8 wickets on DLS method after scoring 92/4 in 20 overs against Ajman who had batted first posting 141/6 in 20 overs chasing target set by Sharjah team at 142/7 following rain interruption during innings break due to heavy showers which had soaked outfield completely making it difficult for players involved during match-play as well as spectators watching proceedings from stadium stands visible through television channels broadcasting live telecast
Ajman have also won three out of their five games, but they have an inferior net run rate to Sharjah. They have won two matches, including one against the table-toppers.
Ajman lost their first game by a big margin and then won by a similar margin in their second match to take their first points on the board. However, they again lost badly in the next game before winning 2-1 over Al Nasr Dubai on Wednesday night at Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Stadium. In fact, all four teams that Ajman have played against are currently sitting above them at this point - two were away from home (Dubai and Al Nasr).
Sharjah though started off with a bang as they defeated Baniyas 5-1 in Abu Dhabi just before losing narrowly 2-1 against Al Ahli Dubai at home last week. Sharjah then defeated Dibba Al Fujairah 4-3 away from home but came unstuck 1-0 against Ajman at home on Wednesday night after conceding late into injury time with just seconds left on the clock!
In the last game that these two teams played against each other, Sharjah won easily, chasing down 148 runs with 11 balls to spare. Ajman scored 148/8 in 20 overs and were bowled out by a good bowling performance by Abu Talib who took 4 wickets for 22 runs. Sharjah also had their fair share of luck as they lost both their openers early on but then managed to get back into the game thanks to some good batting from Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Naveed who scored 60 runs off just 40 balls respectively.
With both teams looking to keep themselves firmly in contention for the knock-outs, they will go all out on Friday.
The hosts currently sit second in Group A with four points from two matches, while West Indies occupy fifth spot with just one win from three outings. With their net run rate being better than their rivals' (0.556 versus 0.541), Pakistan would be confident of remaining unbeaten when they lock horns with West Indies. However, it won't be easy for Sarfraz's side as this contest comes on the back of a disastrous start against Sri Lanka where they were beaten by an innings and 219 runs inside two days at P Sara Oval."
We are expecting a high-scoring game on Friday, with both teams going all out to win this match. With Sharjah’s superior net run rate and Ajman’s in-form batting lineup, we predict that they will be able to chase down any target set by the opposition.