Zeeshan’s fifty guides Southern Punjab to second victory


Zeeshan Ashraf scored a half-century to help Southern Punjab beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by three wickets in the sixth match of the National T20 2nd XI Tournament at National Stadium Karachi on Tuesday.

Zeeshan shined with yet another performance after scoring a century in the previous match. This time he scored 52 runs off 26 balls to help Southern Punjab mark their second consecutive win in teh tournament.

Sent into bat first, KP’s Nabi Gul smashed 94 runs as they scored 197-6 in respective 20 overs. The right-handed batsman struck 10 boundaries and three sixes during his magnificent knock but was disappointed for not converting it to triple figures.

“Neither I converted it to triple figures nor my team won so obviously it was really disappointing for me,” Gul said while talking to the ARY Sports after the match.

The other prominent scorer for KP was Mehran Ibrahim who managed to get 23 runs off 16 balls. Mohammad Imran took three wickets for Southern Punjab.

In reply, Southern Punjab reached the targets with two balls to spare. Apart from Zeeshan, Zain Abbas showed brilliance and contributed 47 crucial runs in the team’s victory.

Khalid Usman bagged two wickets for KP.

In the first match of day three at NSK, Raza Ali Dar’s seven-fer went in vain as Northern beat Central Punjab by 19 runs.

Raza bowled brilliantly for Cental Punjab with a hat-trick included in his seven wickets haul.

Northern, while batting first, reduced to 162 runs after getting a positive start. Sarmad Bhatti scored 47 runs off 36 balls for them with the help of two boundaries and three sixes. Faizan Riaz made 34 runs.

Central Punjab, in return, fell 19 runs short to the target. Usman Salahuddin was the top scorer for them with 27 runs.

Spinner got the job done for Northern as Usama Mir bagged three wickets while conceding 31 runs in his four overs and Raza Hasan finished with 2-19.

On Wednesday, Sindh will play KP while Baluchistan will face Central Punjab.