Sindh put up an impressive show in their first game of Pakistan Cup to defeat Balochistan convincingly by 42 runs in a rain affected game. Sindh was batting on 266/4 in 45 overs when the downpour started, the game was reduced to 31 overs and the target was revised to 229. Balochistan could manage 186/8 in their quote of 31 overs.
Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss for Sindh and elected to bat first. Khurram Manzoor gave his team a blistering start as he scored a ton off 70 deliveries. He along with the youngster Sami Aslam scored 148 runs. Khurram got out after scoring exactly 100 runs.
Sami Aslam kept up his good work going from the other end; Khalid Latif lost his wicket on 21 runs, Sohaib Maqsood (8) and Fawad Alam (4) couldn’t bother Balochistan bowlers much.
The 20-year old paced up his innings beautifully and he too went on to score a century. He was not out on 108 off 120 deliveries when rain stopped the play. Sarfraz Ahmed was with him in the middle on 22 runs on 30 balls at the end of the innings.
Saeed Ajmal was the best bowler with two wickets in 10 overs conceding 62 runs. Sohail Tanvir bowled an impressive spell of 8 overs leaking just 21 runs and taking a wicket.
Balochistan experimented by sending Mohammad Nawaz to open the innings with Azhar Ali, which failed miserably. Nawaz was trapped in front of the stumps by Sohail Khan on the first ball he faced.
Azhar Ali was the lone warrior for his team and all the other batsmen could only contribute in bits and pieces. Pakistan’s One Day International skipper scored the third century of the match on 83 deliveries. The second highest scorer for Balochistan was Sohail Tanvir with just 19 runs.
Balochistan was never in a winning position to win the contest as they kept losing wickets on regular intervals. Other than Azhar Ali, the rest of Balochistan batsmen could score just 88 runs.
Sindh was impressive throughout the day and they completely outclassed their opponents.
Khurram Manzoor was named Man the of the Match for his aggressive century on just 70 deliveries. Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowler for Sindh as he took two wickets for just 19 runs in 4 overs.