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Central Punjab’s Faizan, Tayyab star in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first loss of the season | National T20 2022 | PCB

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa faced their first loss of the Kingdom Valley National T20 Cup 2022-23 as Central Punjab successfully defended 194-run target at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Sunday. 

This was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first defeat after five consecutive wins. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the winners of the 2020 and 2021 editions, are defending their throne.

Southern Punjab began the Multan leg of the tournament with a win. They defeated Balochistan by 20 runs (DLS method) as a dust storm at the completion of the sixth over of the run chase ended the match.

Faizan and Tayyab’s 98-run partnership shocks Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

It was a brilliant second wicket 98-run partnership between opener Mohammad Faizan and one-drop Tayyab Tahir that set the platform for Central Punjab’s towering 193 all out – the last wicket falling on the last ball – and an eventual 25-run victory. This was Central Punjab’s only second win of the tournament.

Central Punjab were dealt a blow early with the dismissal of Muhammad Akhlaq on the fourth ball, but Faizan and Tayyab, who scored his fourth fifty of the tournament, put a strong counterattack, pushing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s bowlers on the backfoot.

Faizan scored at a blistering rate of 200 – his 72 off 36 including seven sixes and four fours. Tayyab smashed 75 in 48 (eight fours and four sixes) before he was run out.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bowlers Maaz Khan and Mohammad Imran came into play in the second part of the innings and shared seven wickets between them. Maaz returned four for 46 and Imran returned three for 30.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s run chase derailed after a promising start with the dismissal of Mohammad Haris (14 off 15). His fellow opener Sahibzada Farhan top-scored with 31-ball 47 and was removed in the 11th over with the scorecard reading 77 for three. Mohammad Sarwar Afridi and Khalid Usman, the side’s captain, put a fight in the middle order scoring 28 off 14 and 24 off 16, but that did not prove to be enough for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Hunain Shah, brother of fearsome fast bowler Naseem Shah, accounted for Sarwar and Maaz, returning two for 28 in his T20 debut. Aamer Yamin and Ali Asfand also took two wickets, as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were restricted to 168 for nine.

Central Punjab (Pakistan) vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Match 19

Central Punjab (Pakistan) 193/10 (20 ov)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 168/9 (20 ov)

Central Punjab (Pakistan) won by 25 runs.


Match Stats

Central Punjab Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Muhammad Akhlaq - 0.4 ov), 2-99 (Muhammad Faizan - 10.2 ov), 3-102 (Shoaib Malik - 11.1 ov), 4-130 (Qasim Akram - 13.4 ov), 5-130 (Irfan Khan - 13.5 ov), 6-142 (Aamer Yamin - 15.2 ov), 7-142 (Usama Mir - 15.3 ov), 8-189 (Waqas Maqsood - 19.2 ov), 9-193 (Tayyab Tahir - 19.5 ov), 10-193 (Hunain Shah - 19.6 ov)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fall of wickets1-41 (Mohammad Haris - 5.4 ov), 2-72 (Israrullah - 8.3 ov), 3-77 (Sahibzada Farhan - 10.1 ov), 4-91 (Kamran Ghulam - 11.5 ov), 5-103 (Adil Amin - 14.1 ov), 6-128 (Mohammad Sarwar - 16.2 ov), 7-128 (Maaz Khan - 16.3 ov), 8-147 (Imran Khan Jnr - 18.2 ov), 9-157 (Khalid Usman - 19.2 ov)

Playing XI

Central Punjab:  Shoaib Malik, Tayyab Tahir, Aamer Yamin, Irfan Khan, Muhammad Faizan, Qasim Akram (C), Usama Mir, Ali Asfand, Hunain Shah, Waqas Maqsood

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Mohammad Haris (WK), Mohammad Sarwar, Sahibzada Farhan, Adil Amin, Kamran Ghulam, Khalid Usman (C), Arshad Iqbal, Imran Khan, Maaz Khan, Imran Khan Jnr, Israrullah

Southern Punjab bowlers outplay Balochistan batters

Balochistan were all out - albeit on the last ball of the innings - for 144. Ali Majid took three wickets for 27, Mohammad Ilyas returned two for 19, captain Salman Ali Agha took two wickets for 26 runs and Muhammad Imran picked up his two wickets for 23 runs.

With 27 each, Asad Shafiq and Kashif Bhatti top-scored for Balochistan, while other batters struggled.

Southern Punjab’s run chase was off to a perfect start with Umar Siddiq (32 not out off 20) and Zain Abbas (21 not out off 16) adding 54 runs at the completion of powerplay. When the dust storm set in, Southern Punjab were 20 runs ahead of Balochistan and were declared winners.

Balochistan vs Southern Punjab (Pakistan), Match 20


Balochistan 144/10 (20 ov)

Southern Punjab (Pakistan) 54/0 (6 ov)

Southern Punjab (Pakistan) won by 20 runs (D/L meathod)

Match Stats

Balochistan: Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Haseebullah Khan - 2.6 ov), 2-38 (Asad Shafiq - 5.5 ov), 3-55 (Shan Masood - 7.6 ov), 4-70 (Ali Waqas - 10.5 ov), 5-95 (Abdul Bangalzai - 13.4 ov), 6-106 (Amad Butt - 15.1 ov), 7-109 (Yasir Shah - 15.4 ov), 8-113 (Hussain Talat - 16.2 ov), 9-133 (Khurram Shehzad - 18.4 ov), 10-144 (Junaid Khan - 19.6 ov)

Southern Punjab: Fall of wickets:

Playing XI

Balochistan: Shan Masood, Haseebullah Khan (WK), Abdul Bangalzai, Asad Shafiq, Ali Waqas, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah (C), Khurram Shehzad, Junaid Khan

Southern Punjab: Zain Abbas, Sohaib Maqsood, Agha Salman (C), Sharoon Siraj, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Hassan Khan, Sameen Gul, Ali Majid, Mohammad Ilyas

Venue Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

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