Rawalpindi and Lahore Whites won their respective matches on the opening day of the National T20 Cup against Islamabad and Lahore Blues played at Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday.
In the first contest of the tournament between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, former won the toss and elected to bat first. Sami Aslam was the highest scorer for his team scoring 56 runs off 47 deliveries.
Whereas, Haider Ali played a handy cameo of 28 runs on 16 balls, while the opening batsman Nasir Nawaz remained the third highest run-scorer in the inning with 23 off 18 deliveries, which took the side to 154/4.
For Islamabad, Imad Wasim bowled an economical spell, giving away just 21 runs in four overs, dismissing one batsman. On the other hand, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan and Umar Gul also struck once.
When Islamabad came out to chase the target of 155, they experienced an early collapse, losing three wickets for just 51 runs in 7.2 overs.
Imad Wasim and Sohail Khan contributed useful 36 (27) and 38 (17) runs respectively in the lower order, but their batting effort could not get their teams over the line as they were confined to 148/7. Faizan Riaz remained the third highest scorer with 24 against his name at run-a-ball rate.
Zahid Mansoor picked two wickets in the match for 23 runs in 3 overs. While Khalid Usman, Hammad Azam, Sohaib Ullah and Asif Ali struck once.
In the second match of the day, Lahore Blues batted first. The 22-year old Rizwan Hussain shined for the team as he scored quick-fire 55 runs off 35 deliveries. However, he could not find a partner at the other end who could replicate his batting heroics.
Top-order batsman Nauman Anwar and wicketkeeper-batsman Adnan Akmal scored 23 (24) and 21 (17), which took their team to 139/9 in their quota of 20 overs.
Ammad Butt remained the key bowler for the Whites as he took three wickets for just 18 runs, whereas Bilal Asif and Umaid Asif took two and one wicket respectively.
Salman Butt led the chase for the Whites with his steady knock of 47 runs off 39 balls. On the other hand, Zeeshan Ashraf played the anchor role with his 27-ball 26 runs inning.
Young Saif Badar provided the finishing touch with his flamboyant inning of 25 runs on 13 balls, which steered the Whites to a comfortable win by six wickets in just 18.5 overs.