The calm and composed Misbah steers Islamabad to the victory
Misbah Ul Haq guided Islamabad to win their first game of the tournament after a close contest. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa posted 205 runs batting first in the tournament, Islamabad chased down the target at the expanse of 8 wickets in 49.1 overs.
Younis Khan won the toss for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and elected to bat first. They had a decent start to their innings as their openers, Ahmed Shahzad (31) and Fakhar Zaman (45) had a 76 runs opening stand.
Younis Khan once again remained among runs; he batted well for his 61 runs. KPK was 154 for 2, but, then there was a collapse and the whole team was bowled out by Islamabad at a small score of 205 in 46.1 overs.
Younis Khan was the best performer with the bat for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 61 runs off 59 deliveries. Whereas, Hammad Azam shined with the ball taking 3 wickets for 23 runs in the 7 overs he bowled.
Islamabad had a disastrous start as they lost 3 wickets on just 9 runs. Misbah Ul Haq, habitually was there in the middle to rebuild the innings. The young Iftikhar Ahmed supported his skipper. The two had a handy partnership of 103 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed lost his wicket after scoring an impressive 48 runs.
As Misbah stood at one end, Islamabad once again lost a couple of quick wickets at the other end that made the game favorable for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Islamabad was struggling with a score of 153/6 when the 17-year old Shadab Khan joined the 42-year old Misbah in the middle. The pair was having a fine partnership before Misbah was run-out on 82.
Shadab Khan kept his good work going. Mohammad Sami’s scored 12 handy runs on 8 deliveries that put Islamabad on a touching distance from a win. They needed 2 runs in the final over, but, the confident Shadab Khan struck a straight six on the first delivery of the last over to take his team over the line. He scored 33 off 29 balls.
The slow-left arm, Zohaib Khan bowled a brilliant spell of 9 overs, leaking just 36 runs and taking 3 wickets. Misbah Ul Haq was the highest scorer of the match with 82 runs on 104 balls, he was named the Man of the Match.