Northern Punjab beat Baluchistan by 39 runs as Haider Ali smashed 86 runs off 50 balls to once again lay down a solid foundation for victory in National T20 Cup. Bowlers successfully did their job and helped Northern restrict the opponents to 160-8 and retain the top spot on the points table.
Northern Punjab while batting first after winning the toss, Got a strong start with their openers scoring 92 runs within 9 overs. Ali Imran made 41 runs off 22 balls with the help of 4 boundaries and 3 sixes while young Haider struck 8 boundaries and 5 sixes to score 86 and support his partner.
Baluchistan later on, Made comeback by picking up both openers and Sohail Akhtar and Asif Ali in quick successions. But, Shadab Khan scored 42 off 27 balls with 4 boundaries in his account and also partnered with Hammad Azam to score 44 runs for a 5th-wicket partnership. Hammad scored 19 with the help of 3 boundaries.
Amad Butt picked 2 wickets for 29 runs while Taj Wali, Akhtar Shah, and Haris Sohail shared a wicket apiece.
Imam-ul-Haq and Awais Zia provided a 69-runs opening start in reply to Baluchistan but they couldn’t continue the chase successfully after the loss of their openers.
Imam went for a run-out after scoring 35 runs off 21 balls while Awais was caught off Shadab after scoring 34 runs off 27 balls. He struck 2 boundaries and as many sixes.
Haris Sohail played 19 balls to score 28 runs with the help of 5 boundaries. Abdul Wahid Bangalzai made 12 while Akbar-ur-Rehman and Kashif Bhatti scored 15 and 14 respectively.
Mohammad Ismail and Shadab Khan picked 2 wickets each while Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Amir, and Ali Imran took a wicket each.
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