Balochistan took the second spot in points table as they defeated Central Punjab by three runs in the 12th match of the National T20 Cup for First XI teams on Monday night at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Balochistan were well served by their hugely experienced bowling duo of Umar Gul and Yasir Shah who took seven wickets between them to earn a hard fought win for their side which was there third from four games, giving them six points in all.
All-rounder Zafar Gohar brought Central Punjab with-in touching distance of the 169-run target as Umaid Asif conceded 16 runs in the final over of the match with Central Punjab needing 20 runs to win. Zafar remained unbeaten on 32 off 15 balls (3x4s, 1×6) but his cameo eventually went in vain.
Umar Gul and Yasir Shah bowl Balochistan to thrilling win over Central Punjab
12th Match, Multan, Oct 5 2020, National T20 Cup
Balochistan v Central Punjab
Scores in brief:
Balochistan 168-8, 20 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 80 not out, Awais Zia 36, Haris Sohail 23; Ehsan Adil 3-40, Zafar Gohar 2-34)
Central Punjab 165-7, 20 overs (Abdullah Shafiq 54, Zafar Gohar 32 not out, Kamran Akmal 25; Umar Gul 4-37, Yasir Shah 3-23)
Result – Balochistan won by 3 runs
Player of the match – Umar Gul (Balochistan)
Match 12 Man of the Match Winner Umar Gul Interview | Balochistan vs Central Punjab | NT20
Reflecting on his performance man-of-the-match Umar Gul said: “Due to Covid-19 I didn’t play for a long time, I took time out from the middle and regained my touch by practicing hard at the start of the tournament and I was feeling very good today. The senior players in the squad like Imran Farhat and I try to guide the juniors as well as possible as this is our final season. The aim is to impart our skills to juniors in the squad, we have some talented players and we try and play our role as senior members as their guides and mentors.”