Match 15 – KP Crush Balochistan with a humongous score
Match 15 kicked off with Balochistan deciding to bowl first against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Initially it was a great bowling display by Balochistan, as Rizwan and Israrullah were off to a slow start. After putting 43 runs for the opening partnership, Israrullah got out in the sixth over to Amad Butt. Rizwan continued the scoring with inform batsman Sahibzada Farhan. The progress was slow but Khyber Pakhtunkhwa kept wickets in hand.
Rizwan was dismissed by Kashif Bhatti after he scored 40(34). Asif Afridi was promoted at No. 4 and he went berserk to give some acceleration to KP. Asif’s stay was a short one but he scored 16(4) and afterwards KP just kept on attacking. Iftikhar Ahmed’s 36(18), Adil Amin’s 26(13) and Mussadiq Ahmed’s 17(9) powered them to 202. Sahibzada Farhan was their top scorer with 43(31). KP managed to score 200+ even without an individual half century.
The chase didn’t begin well for Balochistan. They lost Wahid Bangalzai and skipper Bismillah Khan by the end of the 3rd over. With just 16 runs on board, Balochistan lost 2 wickets. Haris Sohail showed some signs of aggression but he also lost his wicket in the 6th over and Balochistan went from bad to worse condition. Arshad Iqbal and Shaheen Shah Afridi penetrated through the top order while Asif Afridi’s spin magic made life difficult for the Balochistan batsmen. The only notable contribution for Balochistan was of Sohail Akhtar who scored 61(43). Even after his 61, Balochistan could only manage 147 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 20 overs. Asif Afridi and Arshad Iqbal picked 3 while Shaheen Afridi picked 2 wickets. KP won the game by a huge margin of 55 runs and Asif Afridi was awarded Man of the Match.
Match 16 – Qasim Akram spins through Sindh to give CP 2 Points
Central Punjab decided to bat first against the table toppers in the 2nd game of the day. Central Punjab began slowly as both Babar Azam and Ahmad Shehzad struggled. Babar Azam lost his wicket in the 4th over and that was a big setback for Central Punjab. Soon in the 5th over, Mohammad Akhlaq also got out and problems increased for Central Punjab. Ahmad Shehzad continued to score runs but his pace was slow, he got after scoring 35(35). The only hope for Central Punjab was their senior most star, Shoaib Malik.
Hussain Talat and Qasim Akram also got out for single digit scores but Malik kept holding the other end. Malik received little support from Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz and he continued to face majority of the balls.After completing his fifty, Malik just activated destructive mode. He smashed 22 runs to Mohammad Hasnain in the 19th over. During the final over Malik smashed two big sixes to Rumman Raees to give valuable runs to Central Punjab. Central Punjab finished with 168 on board, and more than half of the runs were scored by Shoaib Malik. Malik scored 85(47).
Sindh started the chase smoothly. A 48 run opening stand between Khurram Manzoor and Sharjeel Khan set the tone for the chase. However after Sameen Gul knocked the stumps of Khurram Manzoor, the collapse began. Shan Masood continued his disappointing form and got out for just 12. Sharjeel Khan continued to score, but the magic of Qasim Akram was too much for Sindh. Qasim Akram picked 3 big wickets of Sharjeel Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Taha in his 4 over spell. Saud Shakeel and Anwar Ali tried to continue progressing towards the target but Sameen Gul struck again and got the wicket of Anwar Ali. With 110/6, rain interrupted the game and Sindh were way behind the DLS par score. Central Punjab won the game by 12 runs as per the DL method.