Khyber Pakhtunkhwa edged out Southern Punjab by ten runs within the ultimate to raise the Nationwide T20 Cup. Put in to bat first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s openers – Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan – put up a 76-run partnership, with Zaman’s 40-ball 67 main the best way. When Rizwan fell, Mohammad Hafeez (38 off 26) took over and helped arrange a great platform for the dying overs, the place Shoaib Malik rolled again the years and the smashed the quickest fifty of his T20 profession, off simply 20 balls, to take the aspect previous 200.
Ultimately, it may need been a scoreline that learn barely harshly on Aamer Yamin, Zahid Mahmood, and Mohammad Imran, who took a wicket every and created loads of possibilities, however sloppiness within the subject value Southern Punjab. Shan Masood’s aspect put down no fewer than 5 catches – three benefitted Mohammad Hafeez alone. It was generosity they might ill-afford to increase to a aspect pretty much as good as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and in the event that they had been to win the title, they’d should chase 207.
They did not get off to the very best begin, with Shaheen Afridi eliminating Shan Masood early. It wasn’t the one injury the event’s main wicket-taker inflicted; he eliminated Sohaib Maqsood off the subsequent supply to deal an enormous blow to Southern Punjab’s possibilities. Zeeshan Ashraf’s 16 off 19 got here to an finish when he provided a regulation catch to further cowl off Wahab Riaz, who snared him off his second ball of the night. With Southern Punjab 34 for three in 5.2 overs, Hussain Talat and Khushdil Shah had been left with what appeared like an insurmountable activity.
Each shared a preventing stand to maintain the case alive and put up 74 for the fourth wicket earlier than Usman Shinwari eliminated Shah. A outstanding diving catch on the boundary by Malik despatched Talat again. He had smashed a spirited 33-ball 63, but it surely wasn’t sufficient, with Southern Punjab needing an additional 76 from 34 balls when he departed. That was by no means a sensible prospect, with the asking fee all the time simply out of attain, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wrapped up a deserved win with relative ease by the top.