Khyber Pakhtunkhwa register comfortable victory against Sindh


Rawalpindi: Sindh suffered their first defeat in the National T20 Cup as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded a comfortable six-wicket victory in the 12th match of the tournament.

Set a 151-run target, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa completed the chase in 17.4 overs with six wickets left. Opener Fakhar Zaman led the charge for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a typically aggressive 49 off 32 balls (four fours, four sixes). The left-hander hit pacer Mohammad Hasnain for three sixes and a four in the second over the innings as Hasnain conceded 28 runs –most in an over in the tournament so far.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa batters didn’t let the early loss of their prolific captain Mohammad Rizwan affect the chase as Sahibzada Farhan, Adil Amin and Musadiq Ahmed took the side past the target.

Farhan scored 45 off 30 balls with the help of three fours and as many sixes. The right-hander added 58 runs for the third-wicket with Adil who scored 26 off 19 balls (three fours.)

Rumman Raees, Anwar Ali, Danish Aziz and Zahid Mahmood took a wicket each. This was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s third win in four matches, Sindh too have three wins from four games.

Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’s bowlers were up to the task after skipper Mohammad Rizwan put Sindh to bat first.

However, Sindh batters Khurram Manzoor and Saud Shakeel put up a fighting stand, leading Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side to score 150/7 in 20 overs.

The duo added 56 for the fourth wicket after Sindh was struggling at 41/3. Khurram scored 54 off 37, powered by nine fours while Saud made classy 32 off 26 balls.

Sharjeel Khan made 25 off 20 balls at the top while Anwar Ali contributed not out 15 off nine balls.

Asif Afridi and Imran Khan bagged two wickets each for KP while Arshad Iqbal and Mohammad Wasim took a wicket each. Shaheen Shah conceded 48 in his spell.