Southern Punjab beats Northern by 7 wickets as Shan Masood played captain’s knock to drive Southern Punjab (SP) into the National T20 Cup final.
Shan Masood struck 79 runs off 58 balls with the help of 6 boundaries and 2 sixes to take his team from nowhere into the final of the tournament.
While batting first, Ali Imran (50) and Shadab Khan (48) helped Northern post 160-5 in 20 overs.
Northern were off to a decent start with openers Ali and Zeeshan Malik scoring 37 runs in 5.1 overs.
Mohammad Abbas picked Zeeshan in the 6th over to reduce the opponents to 37-1.
The wicket of Zeeshan put a little pressure on the team but Imran stood solid in front of the bowlers. The right-handed batsman struck 4 boundaries and 3 sixes.
Haider Ali with the help of a boundary scored 18 runs off 17 balls.
Imad (19) and Shadab (48) partnered for a 5th-wicket partnership and scored 56 runs together.
Shadab smashed 4 boundaries and 3 sixes during his stay at the crease. Rohail struck a boundary to finish things off style for Northern.
For Southern Punjab, Zahid Mehmood picked 3 wickets for 28 runs while Mohammad Abbas took a wicket for 32 runs.
In reply, Southern Punjab started their batting strongly with openers Shan and Zeeshan Ashraf scoring 91 runs together to lay down a solid foundation for the run-chase.
Wicket-keeper batsman Zeeshan scored 55 runs off 32 balls laced with 4 boundaries and as many sixes.
For Northern, Haris Rauf, Shadab and Mohammad Musa shared a wicket apiece.
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