KARACHI: North and Central Punjab secured the remaining two semi-final places in the Pakistan Cup after winning their respective final round matches on Tuesday, while former international Imran Farhat closed the curtain on his 24-year professional career with a century.
With Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa having qualified for the knockout phase of the 50-over competition, the main interest in the final round centered on two matches in which the winners were guaranteed qualification.
Northern booked their run handing over a 44 run loss to fellow South Punjab contenders at the UBL Sports Complex where Test threw Shan Masood ahead from the front with a brilliant half but his heroism wasn’t enough to steer his team over the line.
Central Punjab drew a four-goal win over Sindh at the NBP Sports Complex to claim fourth place in the six-team standings.
First batting, Northern amassed 337-8. Umar Amin (83 of 78 balls, 10 limits) and goalkeeper / batsman Rohail Nazir (88 off 71, seven fours and five sixes) played major roles as they pulled together a fourth goal out of 138 partnership.
South Punjab is limited to 293 total in the 47th minute in their pursuit. Shan stood out with 141 of 128 balls as the left-handed opener hit 12 fours. Mukhtar Ahmed made 63 during his first goal stand out of 127 with his captain.
Sindh will face Punjab Central in the first semi-final on Thursday with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa playing Northern on Friday in another last-four tie. Both the semifinals and final on Sunday will be played at the SBP Sports Complex.
Results on Tuesday:
Sindh, who was confirmed top of the table after winning seven matches before the start of the finals, posted 277-6 after Central Punjab captain Saad Nasim opted to throw.
Khurram Manzoor continued his spectacular form as he composed 163 unbeaten balls of 143 containing 15 fours and one six.
Asad Shafiq, as captain for Anwar Ali, contributed 85 (93 balls, seven limits), tucked in 159 for the third goal with Khurram, who was later declared man of the match.
Tayyab Tahir starred in Central Punjab as opener in club form eight four and two six in scoring 93 of 108 deliveries, while another major contributor was Raza Ali Dar with 72-ball 71 (two six and one four).
Emotions culminated in a televised match at the SBP Sports Complex when Pakistan’s staunch supporter Imran Farhat signed in great style finishing one hundred and one day 15 when the left-hander scored 123 (88 balls, 17 four and three six) but despite the Effort. Balochistan lost to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 23 runs.
Previously, Adil Amin (121 off 90, nine fours and five fours) and goalkeeper / batsman Mohammad Haris (100 off 75, 11 fours and two sixes) raised Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 99-5 in 21 sets to 370 commands. -9 by pitching 227 for the sixth goal after Imran selected first court. That is the list of Haris’s first 19-year-old girl.
At the SBP Sports Complex, Karachi: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Balochistan by 23 runs.
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA 370-9 in 50 overs (Adil Amin 121, Mohammad Haris 100, Israrullah 25, Aamir Azmat 25, Mohammad Wasim 24, Iftikhar Ahmed 20; Gohar Faiz 4-66, Taj Wali 3-70, Raza-ul-Hasan 2 -65); BALOCHISTAN 347 in 47 overs (Imran Farhat 123, Ayaz Tasawwar 53, Akbar-ur-Rehman 50, Bismillah Khan 42, Haris Sohail 40; Imran Khan 4-58, Asif Afridi 2-54).
At the UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: Northern beat South Punjab by 44 runs.
NORTHERN 337-8 in 50 overs (Rohail Nazir 88, Umar Amin 83, Hammad Azam 39, Taimoor Sultan 35, Mubasir Khan 30, Haider Ali 28; Zahid Mahmood 3-49, Mohammad Abbas 2-66); PUNJAB SELATAN 293 in 46.3 overs (Shan Masood 141, Mukhtar Ahmed 63, Sohaib Maqsood 22, Hussain Talat 21; Salman Irshad 2-47, Mohammad Musa Khan 2-48, Hammad Azam 2-59).
At the NBP Sports Complex, Karachi: Central Punjab beat Sindh by four goals.
SINDH 277-6 in 50 overs (Khurram Manzoor 143 not out, Asad Shafiq 85; Zafar Gohar 2-37, Ahmed Bashir 2-50, Mohammad Ali 2-61); CENTRAL PUNJAB 283-6 within 48.3 overs (Tayyab Tahir 93, Raza Ali Dar 71, Qasim Akram 44 not leaving, Zafar Gohar 28 not leaving, Usman Salahuddin 27; Hassaan Khan 2-53, Mohammad Asghar 2-57).
Thursday’s fixtures: 1st semifinal —Sindh vs Central Punjab (SBP Sports Complex, Karachi, 9:30 am PST) .— Khalid H. Khan
(Tabulated under plays, wins, loses, points, net runs ratio):
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 6 4 12 +0,316
Sindh 10 7 3 14 +0.823
North 10 5 5 10 -0.059
Central Punjab 10 5 5 10 -0,320
South Punjab 10 4 6 8 +0.008
Balochistan 10 3 7 6 -0,713
Published in Dawn, January 27, 2021
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