Balochistan win last over thriller against Sindh


Multan: Umaid Asif’s brilliant last over helped Balochistan beat Sindh by two runs in the third match of the National T20 Cup.

Sindh needed 11 runs in the last over in which Umaid gave away eight runs. Sohail Khan’s 16-ball 31 went in vain as Sindh managed to score 178/9 in reply to Balochistan 180/8.

Earlier, Haris Sohail decided to bat first after winning the toss. Wicket-keeper batsman Bismillah Khan’s 42-balls 58 and Haris’ 14-ball 25 helped Balochistan to a total of 180.

Awais Zia provided a blistering start, scoring 25 in just 9 balls. He was removed by Mohammad Hasnain in the third over.

In the fourth over, Balochistan dealt with another blow as Imam-ul-Haq (10) was dismissed courtesy brilliant fielding display by Asad Shafiq. Bismillah was joined by Imran Butt (18) who was castled by left-arm orthodox spinner Mohammad Asghar.

The main anchor point of Balochistan inning was the partnership between captain Haris and his deputy Bismillah. They both added 69 for the fourth wicket. Bismillah’s knock included four boundaries and three sixes.

Sindh bowlers restricted Balochistan’s batsmen as they only managed to score 35 runs in the last five overs For Sindh, Hasnain picked two for 31. Sohail Khan, Asghar, and Anwar Ali claimed a wicket each.

Sindh started slowly with the bat as they lost three wickets inside the first seven overs. Umaid Asif removed Sharjeel Khan (10) in the third over. Amad Butt claimed the wickets of Saud Shakeel (13) and Khurram Manzoor (14) in the fourth and seventh over of the inning.

Sindh’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and veteran Asad Shafiq tried to up the scoring rate but their chase was once again daunted as Amad broke the partnership and dismissed Sarfaraz. He departed on a score of 21-balls 20.

Asad was the top-scorer for Sindh, registering 25-balls 32. He was removed by Akif Javed. The drama began in the last four overs when Sindh needed 56.

Amad was taken to the cleaners by Sohail and Anwar Ali, scoring 23 in his 18th over. In the end, Sohail hit a six on the fourth ball of the final over but couldn’t cross the line in the final two balls. Amad picked 3-39 whereas Akif claimed 2-32. Bismillah was awarded player of the match.