Punjab registered a convincing win against Sindh by 5 wickets, chasing the target of 159 runs in just 28 overs to book a berth in the Pakistan Cup final. Sindh’s batting lineup failed miserably today and could only get to 158 runs. Punjab had to reach the target in 32 overs to get a better net run rate and qualify for the final.
Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first, which didn’t go well for his side. The three century makers for Sindh in the tournament, Khurram Manzoor, Sami Aslam and Khalid Latif could only managed to get 13 runs combined.
Sindh was in a horrible position when the experienced duo of Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed began their efforts to sail the sinking ship of their side. They tried to save wickets and keep the scoreboard ticking. The two batsmen posted 69 runs together before Sarfraz Ahmed was bowled by Kashif Bhatti. He scored 40 off 54 deliveries.
As Sarfraz departed, Sindh’s batting line once again started to fall apart. Fawad Alam kept showing resistance from one end, but, kept losing his partners. He was the 9th batsman to fall, he scored 62 on 99 balls. Sindh’s misery with the bat ended in 46.3 overs.
Ehsan Adil produced an outstanding spell in the crunch game; he took three wickets, leaking just 24 runs in his 10 overs.
Punjab knew the equation to qualify for the final. Shaan Maqsood with his senior partner, Salman Butt gave a solid start to his team. The two soothing left-handers had an 85 run opening partnership that put Punjab in a winning position.
Despite of losing some quick wickets, Punjab was never in a position to lose the game due to the small target. Shaan Masood scored 59 runs at a strike rate of 76.62, which was good enough in the context of the game to give his team a comfortable win and to earn him the Man of the Match award.