Imad’s brilliance leads Islamabad to a win in National T20 Cup

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Imad Wasim showcased all-round performance to guide Islamabad to register a 24 runs victory over Lahore Region Blues in their match of the National T20 Cup at Multan Stadium on Friday.

Imad besides his special knock took two crucial wickets to help his team go strong with the bowling as well.

Islamabad after winning the toss decided to bat first on a pitch which gave batsman ample time to score runs. Skipper Imad smashed five boundaries and two towering sixes to complete his 64 runs knock while Ali Sarfraz made 45 runs to take Islamabad’s total on high.

Aizaz Cheema and Qaiser Ashraf took two wickets each conceding 24 and 30 runs respectively in four overs. Saad Nasim and Ehsan Adil bagged a wicket as Islamabad reached to 159 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

In reply, Lahore bowled out after scoring just 135 runs. Rizwan Hussain (72) tried hard to take his team over the victory line but the wickets were tumbling at the other hand. He struck four boundaries and five sixes in his inning.

Saad Nasim with the help of two boundaries managed to contribute 18 runs to his team’s total. Apart from Imad, Arsal Sheikh, and Junaid Khan shared one wicket apiece.

In another match of the day, Rawalpindi easily beat Lahore Region Whites by six wickets. Lahore while batting first managed to score just 105 runs for the loss of eight.

Captain Salman Butt with 25 runs was the highest scorer for Lahore. Wahab Riaz scored 23 runs with the help of a six and boundary.

Zahid Mansoor and Khalid Usman took two wickets each for Rawalpindi.

Rawalpindi in reply reached the target with five to spare. Hammad Azam remained not out on 30 runs. Umar Amin played a brief but worthy inning of 28 runs.

Bilal Asif bagged two wickets while Hasan Khana and Amad Butt took a wicket each.

On Saturday, Multan Region will play FATA Region while on the other hand Karachi Region Whites to face Peshawar Region.

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