Central Punjab thrashes Sindh in first semi-final of Pakistan Cup

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Karachi: Central Punjab outclassed Sindh in the first semi-final of the Pakistan Cup, defeating them by 127 runs at the State Bank Stadium on Friday.

Sindh were bowled out for 212 in 36.5 overs as they were due to chasing a 340-run target. Central Punjab will now wait for yesterday’s knockout fixture between Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to confirm their opponent for the all-important final on February 1.

Sindh started horrendously as they suffered two run-outs in the start and failed to gain momentum in the chase. Omair Bin Yousuf was the first to go while wicketkeeper Mohammad Hasan was another.

Khurram Manzoor was involved in both run-outs, however, he finished as the top scorer with an impressive 88 off 73 balls with 12 fours while Saad Ali contributed 54 off 55 balls with five fours and six.

Mohammad Ali was the pick of bowlers with three for 31, while Ahmed Bashir and Usman Qadir bagged two wickets apiece at 40 and 50 runs, respectively for Central Punjab.

Earlier, Central Punjab started positively after they were put into bat by Sindh’s captain Asad Shafiq. Openers Tayyab Tahir and Rizwan Hussain post a solid 87-run first-wicket partnership, allowing CP to finish at 339 for nine.

Tayyab scored 60 from 70 balls which included six fours and a six. Rizwan smacked 29-ball 56, powered by five sixes and four fours.

 

All-rounder Zafar Gohar struck half-century later which included three sixes and three fours while captain Saad Nasim (39) and Raza Ali Dar (37) made useful contributions.

For Sindh, Hassan Khan, Mohammad Hasnain and Shahnawaz Dhani took two wickets apiece, conceding 42, 49 and 59 runs, respectively.

CP’s vice-captain Zafar was awarded player of the match for his fifty and economical seven-over spell, conceding 1/38.

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