An outstanding bowling effort from the Lahore Blues bowlers and lively batting from their openers guided them to the title in the National T20 Cup against the Lahore Whites at Rawalpindi.
Both Lahore Blues and Lahore Whites won five matches each in the round-robin stage before the two teams thrashed FATA and Faisalabad respectively in the semi-finals.
Lahore Whites elected to bat first in the final after winning the toss. After playing out the first four overs cautiously, Kamran Akmal (20) was removed in the 5th over when he tried to go for a big shot down the ground.
He had smacked a couple of sixes before losing his wicket while attempting a third one. Lahore Whites were reduced to 66/4 in 10.4 overs at one stage.
However, Butt and Aamer Yamin stabilized the ship and put on a 47-run partnership for the 5th wicket before the latter was dismissed.
Salman Butt top-scored for his team with an unbeaten 62* runs off 59 balls, an innings which included eight 4s.
In reply Lahore Blues’ opener Imam-ul-Haq led the chase, scoring an unbeaten 59, including seven fours and a six.
Imam of Lahore Blues was declared man of the match for his well-played winning knock.
This is the second year that National T20 Cup final has featured two sides from the same city.
Last year, Karachi Blues and Karachi Whites squared off for the trophy, with the Blues coming out on top.