A career-best 84 by 23-year-old Zeeshan Malik stretched Northern’s winning streak to four matches as they defeated Sindh by 13 runs in the 10th match of the National T20 Cup First XI tournament at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Zeeshan scored his second half-century of the tournament and that Northern were able to post their third 200-plus score in four matches was mainly due to his knock. The right-handed batsman attacked the Sindh’s bowlers from the onset after Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bowl and crafted a sparkling 50-run opening stand with Ali Imran, who struck six fours in his 27 off 16 balls.
Zeeshan Malik’s career-best 84 stretches Northern’s winning streak to four matches
10th Match, Multan, Oct 4 2020, National T20 Cup
Northern v Sindh
Scores in brief:
Northern 204-5, 20 overs (Zeeshan Malik 84, Haider Ali 35, Ali Imran 27, Umar Amin 20 not out; Mohammad Hasnain 2-37, Sohail Khan 2-40)
Sindh 191-7, 20 overs (Khurram Manzoor 64, Azam Khan 55, Anwar Ali 37; Shadab Khan 2-34, Haris Rauf 2-38, Mohammad Nawaz 2-39
Result: Northern won by 13 runs
Reflecting on his knock, Zeeshan told pcb.com.pk: “The pitches in Multan are great for batting and I am enjoying scoring runs here. My aim is to finish amongst the top five run-getters in this tournament to repay the faith that our coach Mohammad Wasim has put in me by promoting me from the Second XI team to the First XI.
“Losing out on what would have been my maiden T20 century does not matter much to me as I try to play according to the demands of the team. There is, however, one century due on me as I have promised myself that I will score one.
“The atmosphere in our team is amazing as everyone lifts each other. We could not put a good opening stand in the last match but everyone came to us and gave us the confidence. We are like a family and are enjoying our time here.”