Match 13 – Southern Punjab continue their losing streak as Balochistan grab their 2nd win
Balochistan won the toss and elected to bowl first today against Southern Punjab. After 4 defeats, Southern Punjab changed their skipper today, Aamer Yamin was leading the side instead of Sohaib Maqsood. The decision of bowling first was right for Balochistan as they grabbed 3 wickets of SP in the PowerPlay overs. Junaid Khan dismissed Zeeshan Ashraf and Imran Randhawa while Khurram Shahzad ended the stay of Agha Salman at the crease. Southern Punjab had lost 3 wickets inside the initial 6 overs.
Sohaib Maqsood continued his good form and smashed his second fifty of the tournament. Sohaib piled up 71 runs with Hassan Khan for the 4th wicket. This partnership rescued Southern Punjab to a great extent. After the dismissal of Sohaib and Hassan, Khushdil Shah and skipper Aamer Yamin scored 25 each. Wicket Keeper batsman Azam Khan continued his poor form as he was dismissed for just 2. Khushdil and Yamin made sure that their team gets to a respectable score. With Sohaib Maqsood top scoring with 54 runs, Southern Punjab ended their innings at a competitive total of 174.
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The chase started smoothly for Balochistan. Their skipper Imam-ul-Haq was injured hence Abdullah Shafique and Abdul Wahid Bangalzai opened the innings and utilised the PowerPlay overs. The opening partnership between the two youngsters was of 84 runs. Abdullah Shafique was dismissed after scoring 44(28) but Wahid continued to pile up the runs with Haris Sohail. Haris Sohail and Wahid Bangalzai put up a partnership of 51 runs before Wahid was dismissed by Aamer Yamin.
However by this point, Balochistan were cruising over the finish line. An unbeaten 47* by Haris Sohail allowed Balochistan to wrap up the game in the 19th over. It was a big run chase but thanks to Balochistan’s top 3 batsmen, they chased it with 8 balls and 8 wickets to spare. For his half century, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai was awarded Man of the Match.
Match 14 – Rain Assists Sindh to Retain their Top Spot
Northern elected to bowl first after winning the toss today. Sindh lost Shan Masood early once again. Haris Rauf struck quickly to give Northern an early advantage. However Sharjeel Khan continued his good form and built a partnership of 52 runs with Khurram Manzoor. Khurram Manzoor got out to Shadab Khan in the eighth over of the innings. This wicket created more trouble of Northern, as two in form batsmen were at the crease.
Sharjeel Khan and Saud Shakeel continued to score heavily. Sharjeel completed another half century in the tournament. The duo of Sharjeel and Saud added 49 runs for the third wicket and even after the dismissal of Sharjeel Khan, Sindh were still in a comfortable position. Poor form continued for Danish Aziz as he failed to score big yet again. Little Cameos from Sarfaraz Ahmed (28), Anwar Ali (13) and Rumman Raees (13) helped Sindh to post 176 on board which was a very good total. Musa Khan, Shadab Khan and Salman Irshad picked two wickets each.
Northern began their batting in a similar way like Sindh. Northern also lost their first wicket in the second over of their innings. Mohammad Hasnain provided the breakthrough by dismissing Sarmad Hameed. Nasir Nawaz looked in good rhythm and he tried to attack the bowlers. Nasir and inform batsman Haider Ali put up a partnership of 24 runs before Haider was dismissed by Shahnawaz Dahani. Afterwards Nasir Nawaz continued to rebuild the innings with Imad Wasim at other end, but soon the golden arm of Danish Aziz worked as Nasir Awaz threw a catch to Hasnain.
With 62/3 in 7.3 overs, rain interrupted and Northern went unlucky in the game. With Imad Wasim still there and Mohammad Nawaz and Asif Ali yet to come, Northern were surely in the chase but the game never resumed. Sindh won by just 3 runs as per the DL method. Losing wickets consistently cost Northern the game.