Rawalpindi: Northern showed an impressive batting performance in their five-wicket win over Southern Punjab in the tenth match of the National T20 played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
All-rounder Mohammad Nawaz (player-of-the-match) made full use of two dropped chances as he scored an unbeaten 56 off 35 balls (six fours, two sixes) to spearhead his side’s 176-run chase.
Nawaz added 67 runs for the fifth-wicket with his captain Shadab Khan who turned the game on its head by scoring 23 runs off Naseem Shah’s over -18th of the innings to ease out the nerves in Northern’s camp.
Shadab who got off to a sedate start scored 30 off 20 balls (three sixes, one four) with his three sixes and one four coming in Naseem’s over.
The chase was duly completed on the first ball of the final over with Nawaz hitting the winning runs, top-order batter Haider Ali (40 off 27 balls, five fours, one six) and opener Nasir Nawaz (24 off 15, two fours, two sixes) had earlier set the platform of Northern’s chase.
Left-arm-spinner Hassan Khan took two wickets for Southern Punjab who are teetring at the bottom of the six-team table after suffering their fourth consecutive defeat. Northern have now won two out of their three matches.
Earlier, Sohaib Maqsood starred with 47-ball 75 as Southern Punjab post 175/6 in 20 overs after being put in to bat first by Northern.
SP’s skipper Sohaib opened the batting and looked in classical touch from ball one. He stroked eigh fours and four sixes.
Salman Agha, playing his first match, scored 24 off 24 while Khushdil Shah made 20 off 22 balls. Aamir Yamin strengthened SP’s score with nine-ball 23 while Azam Khan made 12-ball 18.
For Northern, Mohammad Musa picked three while Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz took a wicket each.