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Adil Amin stars in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's seventh win in Pakistan Cup

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Adil Amin’s 92 and three wickets from Khalid Usman helped defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Balochistan by 49 runs in the final round match of the Pakistan Cup at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

This was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s seventh victory from their ten outings in the tournament and also confirm their top spot in the six team tournament with 14 points. Balochistan (14 points from 10 matches) after losing today’s fixture moves down to the second spot with a below net run-rate then Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

After being asked to bat first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scored 283 for eight in 50 overs. The right-handed batter Adil coming to bat at number five scored a 76-ball 92, which included 10 fours and one six. Opening batter Mohammad Mohsin Khan (38, 50b, six fours) and middle-order batter Mehran Ibrahim (32, 46b, two fours) were other contributors with the bat.

Balochistan’s Jalat Khan, Mohammad Shahid and Taj Wali bagged two wickets apiece.

In turn, Balochistan were bowled out for 234 in the 47th over. Ayaz Tasawar top-scored with a 80-ball 70, hitting six fours and two sixes. Mohammad Saad scored 43 off 70 balls, hitting one four and two sixes, while Test opener Imran Butt contributed 42 off 41, smashing seven boundaries.

Captain Khalid Usman was pick of the bowlers with three for 31 from 10 overs. Kamran Ghulam and Mehran Ibrahim bagged two wickets apiece.

After 30 round matches, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will take on Central Punjab who finished at fourth spot in the first semi-final scheduled on 28 March at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Balochistan who finished the round on second position will take on third position Sindh in the second semi-final at the same venue on 30 March. Both semi-finals will start at 0930, with toss taking place at 0900.

The final of the tournament will be played on 1 April at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Scores in brief:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Balochistan by 49 runs at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 283-8, 50 overs (Adil Amin 92, Mohammad Mohsin Khan 38, Mehran Ibrahim 32; Taj Wali 2-44, Jalat Khan 2-51, Mohammad Shahid 2-56)

Balochistan 234 all out, 46.2 overs (Ayaz Tasawar 70, Mohammad Saad 43, Imran Butt 42; Khalid Usman 3-31, Sameen Gul 2-26, Mehran Ibrahim 2-29, Kamran Ghulam 2-42)

Points table after 10 round matches

Sr. #

Teams

P

W

L

Points

NRR

1

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

10

7

3

14

0.488

2

Balochistan

10

7

3

14

0.425

3

Sindh

10

6

4

12

0.198

4

Central Punjab

10

5

5

10

-0.146

5

Southern Punjab

10

4

6

8

-0.284

6

Northern

10

1

9

2

-0.826