Match 5 – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Southern Punjab by 7 wickets:
Southern Punjab locked horns with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the 5th match of National T20 Cup 2021. After being put into bat first, Southern Punjab didn’t have a convincing outing. They lost both their openers in the 4th over of their innings, as Imran Khan Sr continued his good form with the ball. Soon after the openers, skipper Sohaib Maqsood was also dismissed for a golden duck. At 3/34, expecting a good score was not possible from Southern Punjab.
Imran Randhawa stood firmly and scored a half century. Although his strike rate wasn’t that impressive but he made sure that Southern Punjab get to a substantial score. Hassan Khan 25 and Khushdil Shah 24 were other notable contributions apart from Imran Randhawa. Southern Punjab were all out for 152 in 19.4 overs. Imran Randhawa was their top scorer with 54(46).
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost Fakhar Zaman early in the chase but afterwards they didn’t look back. Skipper Mohammad Rizwan scored his 2nd consecutive half century, while Sahibzada Farhan supported him greatly and also smashed a fifty today.
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The 136 runs partnership of Mohammad Rizwan and Sahibzada Farhan was broken by Naseem Shah but it was a bit too late as the game had already slipped away. Naseem Shah remained the best bowler from Southern Punjab’s side. For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sahibzada Farhan smashed 73(49) while skipper Mohammad Rizwan scored 64(47) as KP steered over the line by 7 wickets.
Match 6 – Sindh defeated Northern by 4 wickets
The second game of the day was between Northern and Sindh. Northern decided to bat first but regretted their decision. They were bundled out for just 136 as their batting failed miserably. Northern went with an all out attack approach but it didn’t work for them. Mohammad Nawaz was the only batsman who scored 20+ from Northern’s side. Sindh bowlers just ripped through Northern’s batting, Shahnawaz Dahani picked 3 while Zahid Mahmood and Mohammad Hasnain picked 2 wickets each.
The chase was supposed to be a simple one for Sindh, but they made it difficult for themselves. Shan Masood lost his wicket early, and soon after Shan, Sindh’s most prolific batsman Khurram Manzoor got out. Soon after two quick wickets, Saud Shakeel was run out unfortunately.
It looked like Sindh would be in trouble during this chase but Sharjeel Khan had other plans. He continue his attack on the bowlers and kept the required run rate under control. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed also supported him in this innings. After a steady partnership with Sarfaraz, Sharjeel threw his wicket away to Imad Wasim and Sindh were once again in all sorts of trouble.
With 72/4 on board Imad Wasim struck once again and dismissed Danish Aziz quickly to leave Sindh in more trouble. Afterwards Anwar Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed put up a partnership and ended the run chase with no troubles at all. The 45 run partnership between Anwar Ali and Sarfaraz ended when the scores were level and Anwar Ali decided to finish it off in style but was caught by Haider Ali. Sindh won the game by 4 wickets. Sharjeel Khan top scored with 43(26) while Sarfaraz Ahmed played a brilliant innings of 42(41).
Man of the Match:
Imran Khan Snr was awarded Man of the Match in the first game. Sarfaraz Ahmed was awarded Man of the Match in the second game of the day.