Balochistan wins despite of Fawad Alam’s brilliant century

Balochistan wins despite of Fawad Alam’s brilliant century
Sindh's Fawad Alam gestures in the match against Balochistan. (Courtesy: PCB Twitter)

Balochistan stood victorious in a Pakistan Cup match against Sindh by 19 runs defending 299 runs, despite of Sindh’s Fawad Alam’s heroic inning.

Sindh’s captain Anwar Ali won the toss and elected to bowl first. Balochistan had a solid opening partnership between Shahzada Farhan and the skipper Fakhar Zaman of 95 runs. Shahzada Farhan struck 54 runs before getting stumped off Mohammad Nawaz.

However, the new batsmen could not make the most out of the platform set by the opening pair and kept falling on regular intervals. Sohaib Maqsood and Bismillah Khan could only manage 2 and 5 runs respectively.

Fakhar was looking to steady the ship with Saad Ali, but he fell prey to Asif Zakir on a score of 59 runs. Balochistan was suddenly 144/4 from being 95/0.

But, the lower middle order of the team chipped in and contributed decently. Especially, Aamer Yamin shined with the bat and scored another half-century in this tournament.

Mohammad Nawaz and Rumman Raees grabbed two wickets each in the inning, whereas, Asif Zakir, Umar Gul and Fawad Alam struck once.

Balochistan posted 298 runs with the courtesy of fine top order batsmen and lower order’s resilience.

In reply, Sindh had a poor start. Zain Abbas and Asif Zakir only scored 5 and 3 runs respectively and Khurram Manzoor lost his wicket on 34 runs.

There was hardly any notable performance in Sindh’s inning other than Fawad Alam’s defying inning of 130 runs off 117 deliveries.

The unorthodox left-handed batsman kept fighting in the middle for his team despite of losing wickets on the other end.

He kept Sindh’s hopes alive in the chase single handedly and was the last batsman to get out. The second highest scorer of the team was Anwar Ali with 36 and Mohammad Nawaz contributed 29 runs in the inning. Sindh managed to score 279 runs.

Aamer Yamin got two wickets and got joint Man of the Match award for his allround performance with Fawad Alam. Khalid Usman hunted two while Ghulam Mudassar, Agha Salman, and Fakhar Zaman took one wicket apiece.