Inspired bowling spells by fast bowler Haris Rauf and captain and leg-spinner Shadab Khan guided defending champions Northern to eventually a comfortable 27-run win against Southern Punjab in the fourth match of the National T20 Cup First XI tournament at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Thursday night.
Southern Punjab who were set a 204-run target lost their way despite a formidable position of 129 for two at the start of the 13th over. Shadab led from the front by dismissing Sohaib Maqsood (18 off 12 balls) and Zeeshan Ashraf (73 off 38 balls, eight fours and four sixes) in the same over to bring his side back in the hunt.
Northern never allowed Southern Punjab to claw back in the game as the fiery Haris dismissed danger man Khushdil Shah (8) and Aamer Yamin (1) in the 16th over of the innings to leave Southern Punjab reeling at 149 for seven.
4th Match, Multan, Oct 1 2020, National T20 Cup
Scores in brief:
Northern 203-5, 20 overs (Ali Imran 50, Mohammad Nawaz 31 not out, Asif Ali 29 not out; Zahid Mehmood 3-34, Mohammad Irfan 2-35)
Southern Punjab 176-9, 20 overs (Zeeshan Ashraf 73, Umar Siddiq 33; Haris Rauf 4-24, Shadab Khan 3-30)
Northern won by 27 runs
Man of the Match Shadab Khan Interview | PCB
Reflecting on his and his team performance, Shadab Khan said: “I am very pleased since we played really well. We want to play fearless cricket like it is needed at the international level and that is what I and the management tell the team. We were under pressure when we got crucial wickets and that’s how we came back in the game. Haris Rauf and Musa Khan bowled really well on a batting pitch. We aim to sustain our momentum and take it till the very end of the tournament.”