Southern Punjab chases 217 runs to mark first victory in National T20 Cup


Rawalpindi: Khushdil Shah exceptionally well and scored 35-ball century to lay down a solid foundation for Southern Punjab (SP) to beat Sindh by two wickets in 16th match of the National T20 Cup. 

The left-handed batsman smashed nine sixes and eight boundaries to score a century and become the fastest T20 centurian in the history of Pakistan’s cricket. Another hero tonight for SP was Hussain Talat who risked his throat with a scoop shot but managed to score 62 runs off 36 balls with the help of five boundaries and three sixes.

Shah and Talat partnered strongly to score 127 runs together after taking the charge for SP suffering at 43-4.

In the end, it was Dilbar Hussain who struck a six and a four to hand a convincing first victory to his team in the tournament. Dilbar smashed Hassan Khan for a six in the last over which took his runs tally to 13 off six balls.

Anwar Ali bagged four wickets for Sindh while Mir Hamza took two. Hassan and Sohail Khan shared a wicket apiece.

Earlier, Khurram Manzoor smashed 108 runs off 58 balls to help Sindh post a towering total of 216-3 on the scoreboard.

Khurram along with Asad Shafiq supported Sindh’s runs chart. They both scored 123 runs together for the second-wicket partnership after Sindh lost Shrjeel Khan earlier for 47 runs.

Asad scored 59 runs off 37 balls with the help of six boundaries and two sixes while Khurram smashed 10 boundaries and six maximums during his stay at the crease.

Azam Khan scored quick 12 runs and Anwar Ali made 16 runs to further strengthen the score of Sindh.

For SP, Mohammad Ilyas bagged two wickets while Dilbar took one.

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