Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeats Southern Punjab, reaches semi-finals – Express Urdu

Fakhr Zaman and Musaddiq Ahmed's smoky batting – Photo: PCB

Rawalpindi: In the 21st match of the National T20 Cup, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Southern Punjab by an enormous margin of 73 runs because of Fakhr Zaman's half-century and Musaddiq Ahmed's smoky batting.

In the match performed at Pindi Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi, after chasing 206 runs, all the group of Southern Punjab was bowled out for 132 runs. All-rounder Mohammad Imran was essentially the most outstanding with 48 runs. He hit 6 fours and a pair of sixes off 28 balls. Zain Abbas, who made it to the First XI squad, was dismissed for 34 runs within the second XI.

Junaid Khan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took 2 wickets, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Arshad Iqbal, Musaddiq Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz took one wicket every.

Earlier, Southern Punjab captain Shaun Masood received the toss and elected to subject first. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa opener Fakhr Zaman scored 68 off 34 balls with 11 fours and a pair of sixes. Returning to the pavilion for 12 by captain Mohammad Rizwan, the left-arm opener shared a 71-run stand with Mohammad Hafeez. Muhammad Hafeez was dismissed for 17 runs.

In the closing overs of the innings, Musaddiq Ahmed hit three fours and three sixes off 9 balls in an unbeaten 33-run innings to assist the group cross the 200 mark. He shared an unbeaten 43-run stand with Shoaib Malik for the fifth wicket. Shoaib Malik additionally remained unbeaten on 33. Amir Yameen and Muhammad Ilyas of Southern Punjab took 2.2 wickets.

The fifth victory within the occasion has brightened Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's probabilities of reaching the semi-finals, whereas after shedding 6 of the 7 matches within the occasion, it has turn out to be harder for Southern Punjab to make it to the ultimate 4.

Man-of-the-match award winner Fakhr Zaman says the pitch at Pindi Cricket Stadium is conducive to each batsmen in addition to bowlers. He stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed glorious fielding in immediately's match and hoped that this continuity could be maintained within the remaining matches of the occasion.

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