Sohaib Maqsood’s 40-ball 77 went in vain as Southern Punjab fell six runs short of the 201-run target against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the eighth fixture of the National T20 Cup First XI tournament on Saturday evening at Multan Cricket Stadium.
The 33-year-old stitched a 24-run stand with Umar Siddiq (16 off 12) and followed it up with a remarkable partnership of 78 with Hussain Talat, who scored 38 runs from 22 balls and hit six boundaries, after arriving at the crease in the third over with the scorecard reading 23 for two.
8th Match, Multan, Oct 3 2020, National T20 Cup
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab
Scores in brief:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 200-5, 20 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 67, Mohammad Rizwan 55, Iftikhar Ahmed 45 not out; Rahat Ali 2-37, Hussain Talat 2-38)
Southern Punjab 194-8, 20 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 77, Hussain Talat 38, Saif Badar 22 not out; Junaid Khan 3-26)
Result: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won by six runs
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Hafeez’s match-winning over followed a blazing 35-ball 67 which set the platform for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to post 200 for five. For his all-round contribution, he was named man-of-the-match.
Hafeez smashed five fours and five sixes and stitched a 100-run partnership with his captain Mohammad Rizwan, who registered what was his second half-century on trot. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain smashed six fours and two sixes in his 39-ball 55.