Lahore Whites beat Karachi Whites in National T20 Cup 14 Nov, 2017
RAWALPINDI - Lahore Whites edged past Karachi Whites by 3 wickets in the National Twenty20 Cup 2017-18 match played here at Pindi Stadium on Monday. The highlight of the match was Aamir Yameen’s solid innings which helped Lahore Whites achieve the required target in 19.4 overs losing 7 wickets. Sami Aslam was named player of the match for his 38-ball 56 studded with 4 fours and two sixes. Salman Butt got injured, as he took splendid catch of Akbar-ur-Rehman, which forced him to stay back and nurse his hand. Kamran Akmal and Sami Aslam got off to flying start, while chasing 164 runs for victory. Kamran was in sublime form as he was middling the ball quite well and succeeded in gathering 34-ball 52 runs, smashing 6 fours and 3 sixes. He also hit the longest six of the tournament, but after playing so well, he just threw his wicket away to Zulfiqar Babar, as he miscued half volley and hit the ball straight into the hands of Haris Sohail at deep square leg. Lahore lost first wicket at 93 in 9.3 overs. From Karachi Whites , Zulfiqar Babar, Ruman Raees and Anwar Ali took 2 wickets each conceding 18, 27 and 32 runs respectively. Earlier, Lahore Whites skipper Salman Butt won the toss and decided to bowl first against Karachi Whites . Khurram Manzoor, once again, was in rich form as he slammed 43-ball 64, hitting 8 fours and 2 sixes, while skipper Sarfraz Ahmed finally gained some form with the bat, as he made solid 39 off 26 balls with the help of 3 fours and 1 six. Akbar-ur-Rehman also played well and gathered 23. Right-arm speedster Umaid Asif took 3 for 18. In another match of the day, Sohaib Maqsood and Sahihbzada Farhan guided Faisalabad to impressive victory over Lahore Blues. It was second straight victory for Faisalabad, who beat Karachi in the first match. Faisalabad skipper Saeed Ajmal won the toss and elected to field first. Imam-ul-Haq helped Lahore Blues post 187-5 on the board. Imam slammed 50 with the help of 6 fours while Babar Azam contributed 45 and Hussain Talat 43. Skipper Saeed Ajmal bowled brilliantly and took 3-26. Faisalabad, despite losing Gohar Ali very early, never looked in any sort of trouble and chased down the target in 18.2 overs losing 3 wickets. Sahibzada Farhan once again posted half century as he scored 44-ball 58 runs, hitting 7 fours and 1 six while man-of-the-match Sohaib Maqsood once again knocked at the selectors’ doors by hammering unbeaten 80 off 42 balls, smashing 3 fours nad 7 sixes. Asif Ali also played superbly and scored 17-ball 42. Hafeez must take blame for his pathetic captaincy, as he gave part-timer Saad Nasim 12th over, which proved to be the turning point of the match, as Faisalabad were struggling to score quick runs. Saad conceded 17 runs in that over. Hussain Talat, Khalid Usman and Hafeez got one wicket each. It was almost impossible for sports journalists to perform their official duties due to sit-in by Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA) at Faizabad, due to which all the roads leading to Rawalpindi and Islamabad were completely closed, while secondly, there was no wi-fi, mobile signals and internet connection which irked the journalists to larger extent. Only PCB PRO Shakeel Khan, media coordinator Zeeshan Bhatti and weblive scorer Suliman Azhar were providing the best possible assistance to media men, while the others were busy in their self projection. In the first match today (Tuesday), hosts Rawalpindi will take on Peshawar at 12pm and in the second match of the day, highly-flying Fata will vie against Islamabad at 4pm. It was once again highly disappointing crowd as chairman tournament organising committee Haroon Rasheed didn’t bother to reach Rawalpindi. The passes were only available to advisor to chairman PCB Shakil Shaikh and his blue-eyed ones. There is a dire need to allow free entry to the stadium, as it is the only way to make the venue pack to capacity.

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