Rawalpindi: Haider Ali remained not out for 91 runs as Northern chased 201 runs against Central Punjab (CP) with six wickets in hand in National T20 Cup.
Haider was unbeatable throughout the second inning and single-handedly took his team to chase a huge total on the board.
Earlier, it was CP’s skipper Babar Azam who scored unbeaten 105 runs to help his team raise 200-2 in the 11th match of the tournament.
Babar stood out with flying colors, smashing the ball all around the park with ease and brilliance. His sixth T20 hundred accounted for 11 boundaries and three sixes, making him the highest individual run-scorer this season so far.
After deciding to bat first, Babar led CP with the help of openers scored 61 runs in the powerplay. Ahmed supported his skipper Babar at the crease and gave full entertainment followed by five boundaries to Sohail Tanvir in a powerplay over.
Ahmed fell when CP was at 67 and he scored 37 off 20 balls with smoking eight boundaries overall.
Mohammad Akhlaq made 21 off 17 with two boundaries but couldn’t continue for long, bringing Shoaib Malik at the other end of Babar. They both scored 92 runs with Malik’s contribution of 31 runs off 21 balls laced with four boundaries.
It wasn’t a good day for Northern’s bowlers as only Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz managed to take a wicket each.
In reply, Northern lost their openers Nasir Nawaz (6) and Sarmad Hameed (19) for 56 runs. But, Haider alongside Nawaz added 84 runs to the team’s total. Nawaz fell after scoring 41 laced with two boundaries and four sixes but Haider kept going.
Haider smashed 91 runs off 53 balls including six boundaries and as many sixes. Asif Ali anchored worthy 28 runs off 14 balls with the help of two boundaries and four sixes.
For CP, Hasan Ali, Ehsan Adil, and Wahab Riaz bagged a wicket each.