Israrulllah, Musadiq guide KP to comprehensive win over Southern Punjab
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Central Punjab won their matches on Saturday in the ongoing Second XI National T20 Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab
An unbeaten 145-run opening partnership between Israrulllah and Musadiq Ahmed secured a ten-wicket win for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in their match against Southern Punjab.
Israrulllah (71 off 48) and Musadiq (62 off 51 balls) helped their team to chase down the target in 16.2 overs. Israrulllah 70 minutes stay at the wicket included eight fours and three sixes, while Musadiq struck seven fours and two sixes.
Earlier, after being put to bat, Southern Punjab managed to score 140 for eight in 20 overs. Salman Ali Agha coming to bat at number four was the only batsmen for the side to enter into double figures. His 57-ball 88, innings included nine fours and five sixes.
For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi took three wickets for 1o in three overs.
Scores in brief:
Southern Punjab: 140-8, 20 overs (Salman Ali Agha 88; Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 3-10)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 145-0, 16.2 overs (Israrulllah 71 not out, Musadiq Ahmed 62 not out)
Result: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won by 10 wickets
Balochistan v Central Punjab
Balochistan’s Akhtar Shah four wickets went in vain as Central Punjab clinched a 17-run win in the second match on Saturday.
Batting first, Central Punjab lost four wickets for 65 runs. Raza Ali Dar and Mohammad Saad contributed a vital 47 runs stand for the fifth wicket. Raza top-scored with a 23-ball 39, hitting three fours and two sixes. Mohammad Saad struck 36 from 40 balls which included two fours and a six.
For Balochistan, the duo of fast bowlers Akhtar Shah and Najeebullah Achakzai grabbed four and two wickets, respectively.
In return, chasing 143 to win, Balochistan continue to lose wickets at regular intervals and could score only 125 for the loss of nine wickets.
Ayaz Tasawar top-scored with a 28-ball 48, laced with five fours and two sixes. The other notable score came from Abdul Nasir who contributed a quick fire 24 from 16 balls, smashing two fours and a six.
For Central Punjab, Bilawal Iqbal, Kamran Ali, Mohammad Ali and Waqas Maqsood took two wickets apiece.
Scores in brief:
Central Punjab: 142-7, 20 overs (Raza Ali Dar 39, Mohammad Saad 36; Akhtar Shah 4-26, Najeebullah Achakzai 2-19)
Balochistan: 125-9, 20 overs (Ayaz Tasawar 48, Abdul Nasir 24; Bilawal Iqbal 2-20, Kamran Afzal 2-36, Mohammad Ali 2-27, Waqas Maqsood 2-16)
Result: Central Punjab won by 17 runs
On Sunday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will play Sindh in the first match, while Central Punjab will take on Southern Punjab in the second match of the day.