Haider, Asif drive Northern to easy first win in National T20 Cup

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RAWALPINDI: Haider Ali and Asif Ali scored 51 runs together to help Northern notch an easy victory over Balochistan by six wickets in the opening match of the National T20 Cup 2021. 

Haider was on song with the bat after joining the crease at one down. He smashed seven boundaries and two sixes during his inning. Asif joined the part with Haider and smoked 43 runs off 20 balls laced with three boundaries and four sixes.

Akif Javed, Kashif Bhatti, Amad Butt, and Yasir Shah bagged a wicket each for Balochistan.

Earlier, Northern bowlers held Balochistan tight from the very start as they managed to score 139-7 in 20 overs.

Sent into bat first, Balochistan kept losing wickets after regular intervals. Skipper Imam-ul-Haq left them earlier after being deceived by Sohail Tanvir in the first over of the inning.

Abdul Wahid Banglazai and Bismillah Khan followed their skipper after adding 24 and 10 runs respectively to their team’s total. 39-years-old Akbar-ur-Rehman played slowly and scored run-a-ball 24.

Amad (34) and Kashif (24) rescued Balochistan to 139-7 in 20 overs. They both scored 66 runs together for the sixth wicket.

Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf bagged two wickets each while Sohail and Zaman Khan shared a wicket apiece for Northern.

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