National T20 Cup, Balochistan vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 141/3 (17.1/20 overs, target 141)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the match by 7 wickets with 17 balls remaining.
Balochistan faced Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the first match of Pakistan’s National T20 Cup. Balochistan scored 140 runs at the cost of 9 wickets after 20 overs of their innings. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chased the target of 141 runs at the loss of 3 wickets in just 17.1 overs, winning the match by 7 wickets with 17 balls remaining.
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National T20 Cup, Balochistan’s innings:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the toss and decided to field first. Balochistan sent Imam-ul-Haq and Awais Zia to open the innings. Imam-ul-Haq played an impressive inning by smacking 3 fours and 4 sixes. Imam-ul-Haq scored 70 runs off 51 balls before being dismissed by Usman Shinwari. Awais Zia scored 31 runs off 27 balls for3 fours and 2 sixes before he lost his wicket to Iftikhar Ahmed.
Mohammad Mohsin of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claimed the wickets of Balochistan’s captain Haris Sohail and Hussain Talat. Haris Sohail and Hussain Talat both failed to contribute any runs to their team and lost their wickets on 0 runs. Imran Farhat made 16 runs off 14 balls before being lbw by Mohammad Mohsin.
Balochistan’s wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan scored 2 runs, Amad Butt made 4, Yasir Shah and Umar Gul scored 5 runs each, while Mohammad Asghar finished on 2 runs.
Mohammad Moshin bowled fascinatingly as he took 4 wickets for 17 runs in his 4 overs at the economy rate of just 4.25. Mohammad Mohsin’s bowling played a major role in limiting Balochistan’s innings to just 140 runs after 20 overs. Usman Shinwari took 2 wickets, while Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Ilyas claimed 1 wicket each for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa required 141 runs for 120 balls to win the first match of the National T20 Cup. Fakhar Zaman and Sahibzada Farhan came to open the innings against Balochistan. Fakhar Zaman scored 45 runs off 36 balls for 6 fours and a six before he got dismissed by Yasir Shah.
Sahibzada Farhan lost his wicket to Balochistan’s captain Haris Sohail after scoring 14 runs off 20 balls. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s wicketkeeper and captain Mohammad Rizwan remained not out as he played a very sensible inning of 31 runs off 27 balls with the help of a four and a six. Mohammad Rizwan focused on playing between the wickets while Adil Amin did the damage to Balochistan.
Adil Amin played an explosive inning of 46 runs off 21 balls to secure the match for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Adil Amin struck 6 fours all over the ground and smacked 2 huge sixes. Adil Amin was 1 run away from winning the match as he got caught by Awais Zia in Amad Butt’s over on 140/3. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa achieved the target in just 17.1 overs owing to Adil Amin’s furious batting and Fakhar Zaman providing a good start.
Balochistan’s bowling in this match was average at best. Yasir Shah stood out with 1 wicket for 25 runs in his 4 overs. Balochistan’s Captain Haris Sohail and Amad Butt both bowled two overs and took 1 wicket for their team. Haris Sohail conceded 23 runs while Amad Butt gave away 21 runs.
The match concluded as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Balochistan by a huge margin of 7 wickets with 17 balls remaining to gain 2 points, and reach the top of the points table of the National T20 Cup. Balochistan, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the points table after losing their first match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.