Simply a couple of days after they were bound to make an early exit from the National T20 Cup, Southern Punjab entryway collided with the last by finishing a stun seven-wicket destruction of guarding champions Northern in Rawalpindi on Saturday.
Against the run of play, Northern — who had been the group of the opposition in the wake of chalking up eight triumphs from 10 apparatuses — made an unceremonious exit at the Pindi Cricket Stadium when they neglected to safeguard their complete of 160-5.
Southern Punjab — who had equipped for the semi-finals in strange conditions late on Friday night by securing the last accessible spot — had been upstaged by Northern at the fundamental stage, losing by 27 runs during the first leg game in Multan on Oct 1 and afterward going somewhere near five runs in the return experience in Rawalpindi last Sunday.
Shan Masood’s charges outflanked Northern, who were driven by customary commander Imad Wasim, to set up the title-decider on Sunday against either Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Sindh who were occupied with the other semi-last on Saturday night. The captain showed others how its done as he secured the pursuit by remaining until the conclusion to score 79 with Southern Punjab arriving at 161-3 in 18.4 overs.
While Shan — named man-of-the-coordinate after striking six limits and two sixes during his 58-ball innings — Zeeshan Ashraf additionally made his essence felt insistently by overwhelming the initial organization of 91 of every 62 balls. The wicket-attendant, who bats left-gave, crunched four sixes and the same number of limits in making a hearty 55 off just 32 conveyances against an elegant assault of Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Musa Khan.
Prior in the early evening, Northern batting neglected to fall off excepting Ali Imran and Shadab, who contributed 98 of the 155 runs scored from the bat after Imad had won the throw. Ali hit up a 35-ball 50 (four fours and three sixes) before turning into the first of three wickets for leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, who parted with 28 runs in his four overs.
Shadab scored an undefeated 48 with his 27-ball thump containing four fours and three sixes yet the all-rounder — having driven Northern to five straight successes in the Multan leg when Imad was inaccessible — was left to lament the absence of significant thumps from Zeeshan Malik (16), Haider Ali (18) and Asif Ali (first-ball duck) died rather rapidly.
Be that as it may, the argument of the whole competition has been Friday’s night last league-round game and the manner in which it finished up as Southern Punjab hustled to 166-3 of every an astounding 10.4 overs — a ne run-pace of 15.57 — to destroy into the knockout round.
Despite how splendidly Sohaib Maqsood, who was elevated to open the innings, blasted his way to a hurricane 81 from just 29 conveyances, the soul where this match wrote out is being peered toward with doubt in different quarters, giving a distinct impression that regardless of what Southern Punjab needed to qualify.
Balochistan, who simply were needed to win to make the last-four round, set up a horrid show all through the match. Their non-verbal communication was just horrifying no doubt both in each of the three offices.
Forthright in the wake of choosing for bat first, Balochistan arrived at an insufficient 161-6 with Imam-ul-Haq (48 off 37 balls, three fours and two sixes), Bismillah Khan (41 off 35, two sixes and two fours) and captain Haris Sohail 924 off 17, two sixes).
Previous Pakistan seamer Umar Gul retired after a sparkling career yet he had a neglectful night as two overs went for 34 runs and in spite of the fact that Amad Butt snatched two wickets, his three overs cost 51 runs.
Man-of-the-coordinate Sohaib stood apart for Southern Punjab as the disposed of Pakistan batsman impacted 13 fours and four sixes, while Aamir Yamin cudgeled four sixes and a four in scoring and unbeaten off only nine balls.