Northern defeats Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in National T20 Cup

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Northern, 12th Match, National T20 Cup:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 134/8 (16/16 overs)

Northern: 102/3 (11.3/12 overs, target 101)

Northern won the match by 7 wickets with 3 balls remaining. (D/L method)

Northern defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 7 wickets in a rain-affected match. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scored 134 runs for 8 wickets after 16 overs. Northern required 101 runs to win the match in 12 overs through D/L method. Northern achieved the target of 101 runs in 11.3 overs and won the match by 7 wickets with 3 balls remaining.

Northern defeats Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in National T20 Cup

Mohammad Rizwan scores a half-century for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:

Northern won the toss and elected to field first. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sent Fakhar Zaman and Israrullah to open the innings. Northern’s Mohammad Musa dismissed both the openers in the second over of the match. Fakhar Zaman lost his wicket for 3 while Israrullah made 1 run before losing his wicket to Mohammad Musa.

Adil Amin also lost his wicket to Mohammad Musa after scoring just 3 runs. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was 3 down on 15 runs in the 4th over of the match. Khusdil Shah contributed 22 off 13 balls before being bowled by Shadab Khan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s captain Mohammad Rizwan played an outstanding innings once again as he brought life into his team by scoring 52 runs off 35 balls. Mohammad Rizwan struck 7 fours to achieve his half-century. Mohammad Rizwan shared a 52 run partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed who contributed 31 runs off 20 balls.

Musadiq Ahmed scored 16 runs off 12 balls, while Mohammad Mohsin got bowled by Haris Rauf on a duck. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finished their innings on 134 runs at the loss of 8 wickets after 16 overs.

Northern’s Mohammad Musa claims four:

Northern’s Mohammad Musa bowled brilliantly as he snatched 4 wickets of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Musa dismissed both openers of the opposing team in the second over of the match. He then took the wicket of Adil Amin on the first ball of the fourth over of the match. Mohammad Musa also took the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan who scored a half-century. Musa claimed 4 wickets after conceding 38 runs in his four overs.

Imad Wasim also turned out to be very economical for his team after giving away only 10 runs in his 3 overs. Sohail Tanvir, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan took 1 wicket each for Northern.

Umar and Ali secure the win:

Northern required 101 runs in 12 overs to win the match. Umar Amin and Ali Imran came to bat first for Northern. Both openers shared a partnership of 72 runs. Ali Imran lost his wicket after scoring 34 runs off 23 balls with 1 four and 3 huge sixes. On the other end, Umar Amin also batted nicely as he scored 39 runs off 28 balls after hitting 6 fours for his team. Umar Amin and Ali Imran did most part of the job for Northern while Asif Ali and Imad Wasim dealt the finishing blow.

Asif Ali scored 15 off 9 balls before losing his wicket to Usman Shinwari. Imad Wasim struck 10 off 6 balls to win the game for his team. Northern chased the target of 101 in 11.3 overs with 3 balls to spare.

Junaid Khan bowled exceptionally well after he claimed 2 wickets after conceding only 13 runs in his 2 overs, while Usman Shinwari took 1 for 29 runs.

Points table of the National T20 Cup:

Northern is on the top while Balochistan is on the second spot, both teams have 6 points and have played a total of 4 matches. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on the bottom of the points table of the National T20 Cup with 2 points, having lost 3 matches out of the 4 they have played so far. Sindh is on the third spot with 4 points, while Southern Punjab and Central Punjab are on the fourth and the fifth spot respectively with 3 points each.

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