Punjab defends a low total to register their first win of the tournament
Punjab pulled off their first win of Pakistan Cup beating Islamabad by 30 runs. Punjab batted first and posted a low total of 213 runs on the board, but, it proved to be big enough total for Punjab to defend it. Islamabad got all out for just 183 runs in 46.1 overs.
Shoaib Malik won the toss and elected to bat first. Salman Butt once again fell early in the piece, but, Shan Masood and the young allrounder Aamer Yamin had a solid 2nd wicket partnership of 85 runs that put Punjab in a decent position. Aamer Yamin fell 1 run short of his half century when he was run-out by Shadab Khan.
Punjab batsmen could not utilize the solid platform provided by Shan and Aamer. Shan Masood lost his wicket at the total of 132 runs, he scored 50 runs off 60 deliveries. Asad Shafiq played an impressive innings of 54 runs on 51 balls, while his partners left him one after another. Punjab collapsed from 164/4 to 213 all out.
Mohammad Irfan created some serious problems for Punjab batsmen; he took 3 wickets for 34 runs in his 7.3 overs.
Islamabad had a fine start, Sharjeel Khan once again gone all guns blazing, he had a 45 runs opening partnership with Nasir Jamshed. Amad Butt provided his team the much needed breakthrough by removing Jamshed when he was batting on 16 off 19 deliveries.
After Jamshed’s departure, Islamabad’s batting lineup proved to be a house of cards that just toppled in no time. Shoaib Malik removed Sharjeel Khan, he scored 30 runs off 22 balls and Kamran Akmal for 5 runs in an over. The savior Misbah Ul Haq also couldn’t show much of a resistance today and was caught and bowled by Amad.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Hassan Ali fought in the middle, the two had a 60 runs partnership for the 9th wicket, Hassan Ali got out after scoring 27 runs on 46 balls. On the other hand, Iftikhar made 67 runs on 109 balls. He remained the highest scorer for Islamabad.
Amad Butt was the one that shook Islamabad batting line with 4 wickets, conceding 34 runs in his 10 overs. He was named as the best player of the match.