KARACHI: Three suits and also as several losses, that exactly how’s the National T20 Mug logbook points out against Southern Punjab.
Number 3 once again figures plainly in the sorry story of misfortunes for the last season’s runners-up as the Twenty20 Globe Cup-bound trio of Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah and Azam Khan all fell short to discharge for the third time on the trot.
Balochistan, the opposite side who had not won up until Sunday’s seven-wicket stroll at the Pindi Cricket Arena in Rawalpindi, degraded Southern Punjab for dismissing them for a paltry 101– the lowest total so far in the recurring version– in the 18th over.
Southern Punjab, opting to bat after Sohaib won the toss, seemed to recuperate in spite of losing Zain Abbas on the initial legit ball of the game after Khurram Shehzad bowled a large. The captain and also Zeeshan Ashraf included 45 prior to the rot set in.
Sohaib (24 off 19 spheres) had actually worked out in well but a thrill of blood saw him slice a catch to Ayaz Tasawwar at factor. Zeeshan (18) then holed bent on Yasir Shah’s initial shipment of his spell after the Test leggie had injured his right thumb while attempting to area previously.
Khushdil, who racked up just 6, hit right down the lap of Junaid Khan at long off when he needlessly billed at slow-moving left-armer Kashif Bhatti. Azam (1) was aghast when Ghaffar Kazmi stated him captured behind off Yasir as his side slumped to 61-5. But there was no doubt when Bismillah Khan captured an under-edge from Aamir Yamin.
Hassaan Khan, promoted up the order in the lack of rested Mohammad Imran Randhawa, was as hapless as his team with the smashing of wickets around him. He had actually seen Bismillah hold a great one-handed reduced to his right when Zia-ul-Haq attempted to swab Amad Butt.
While Amad polished off the tail promptly, fellow seamer Umaid eliminated Hassaan for 19. Amad, ruled player-of-the-match, and Yasir shared 6 gates in between them with Umaid grabbing a brace.
After their demolition show the sphere, Balochistan lost skipper Imam-ul-Haq early in the chase, which was well managed by Abdul Wahid Bangalzai. The 18-year-old right-hander, who has actually represented the nation at the under-19 degree, scratched up his first half-century in his seventh T20 look.
Wahid’s 58 from 55 rounds were installed with five limits and also one six. He placed on 57 for the second arch with Bismillah (28 off 29). Haris Sohail marked his return to competitive cricket after an eight-month respite with a short knock at the end as Balochistan won with 16 rounds to spare.
The occasion will certainly take a two-day break after Sunday’s evening component between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as Central Punjab.
Zain Abbas lbw b Khurram 0
Zeeshan Ashraf c Umaid b Yasir 18
Sohaib Maqsood c Ayaz b Umaid 24
Hassaan Khan c Wahid b Umaid 19
Khushdil Shah c Junaid b Kashif 6
Azam Khan c Bismillah b Yasir 1
Aamir Yamin c Bismillah b Yasir 3
Zia-ul-Haq c Bismillah b Amad 9
Mohammad Ilyas c Ayaz b Amad 3
Faisal Akram b Amad 7
Naseem Shah not out 5
ADDITIONALS (LB-4, W-2) 6
COMPLETE (all out, 17.5 overs) 101
AUTUMN OF WKTS: 1-1, 2-46, 3-50, 4-57, 5-61, 6-71, 7-86, 8-88, 9-89.
BOWLING: Khurram Shehzad 3-0-19-1 (1w); Junaid Khan 2-0-16-0; Umaid Asif 2-0-14-2 (1w); Amad Butt 3.5-0-11-3; Yasir Shah 4-0-19-3; Kashif Bhatti 3-0-18-1.
Imam-ul-Haq c Azam b Naseem 8
Abdul Wahid Bangalzai not out 58
Bismillah Khan c Aamir b Khushdil 28
Amad Butt c as well as b Hassaan 3
Haris Sohail not out 3
BONUS (LB-2) 2
TOTAL (for three wkts, 17.2 overs) 102
LOSS OF WKTS: 1-17, 2-74, 3-87.
DID NOT BAT: Ayaz Tasawwar, Kashif Bhatti, Umaid Asif, Yasir Shah, Khurram Shehzad, Junaid Khan.
BOWLING: Zia-ul-Haq 4-0-29-0 (2w); Naseem Shah 3-0-10-1; Faisal Akram 4-0-24-0; Hassaan Khan 4-0-25-1; Khushdil Shah 2.2-0-14-1.
OUTCOME: Balochistan won by seven gates.
UMPIRES: Rashid Riaz and also Ghaffar Kazmi.
TELEVISION UMPIRE: Aftab Gillani.
MATCH REFEREE: Nadeem Arshad.
PLAYER-OF-THE-MATCH: Amad Butt.
WEDNESDAY’S FIXTURES: Sindh vs Balochistan (3:00 pm PST); Northern vs Southern Punjab (7:30 pm PST).