Sharjeel and Dahani star in Sindh's seventh win in Pakistan Cup
Sharjeel Khan’s double century and five-wicket haul from Shahnawaz Dahani led Sindh to a 29-run win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the House of Northern in Islamabad in the seventh round match of Pakistan Cup. This was Sindh’s fifth win in the tournament. In other round matches, Central Punjab and Balochistan beat Northern and Southern Punjab, respectively.
Batting first, Sindh scored 374 for six in their allotted 50 overs. The left-handed opening batter Sharjeel scored 206 off 136 balls, smashing 19 fours and 14 sixes. Omair Bin Yousaf (40,37b, five fours) and Danish Aziz (38 not out, 35b, five fours) were other contributors with the bat.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mohammad Wasim Jnr picked two wickets for 72.
In reply, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were bowled out for 345 in the 47th over. Mohammad Sarwar top-scored with a 63-ball 89, which included eight fours and five sixes. Adil Amin contributed 75 runs off 62 balls, hitting eight fours and one six. The right-handed batter Kamran Ghulam scored 55 off 61, laced with five fours and two sixes. Opening batter Fakhar Zaman was other significant run-getter, scoring 49 off 39 balls, which included six fours and two sixes.
For Sindh, the right-arm fast bowler Shahnawaz picked five wickets for 64 in nine overs.
At Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, half-centuries by Saad Nasim and Zafar Gohar and four-wicket haul from Wahab Riaz led Central Punjab to a 66-run win over Northern. After being put into bat, Central Punjab were bowled out for 239 in the 50th over.
The right-handed Saad top-scored with a 95-ball 84, which included seven boundaries. He was supported by Zafar, who scored 52 off 55. The left-handed struck four fours and two sixes and knitted a 83-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Saad.
For Northern, right-arm fast Aamir Jamal bagged three wickets for 16. Imad Wasim, Salman Irshad and Zaman Khan took two wickets apiece.
In turn, Northern were dismissed for 173 in the 40th over. Imad batting at number five top-scored with a 74-ball 47, hitting two fours. Central Punjab’s Wahab was pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 22 in five overs. Hussain Talat took two wickets for 18 in 3.2 overs.
At the Multan Cricket Stadium, Haseebullah’s unbeaten century led Balochistan to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Southern Punjab. Chasing 192 to win, Balochistan achieved the target for the loss of two wickets in the 28th over. The left-handed Haseeb struck 16 fours and one six in his 82-ball 106 innings. He was supported by Abdul Wahid who scored run-a-ball 66, smashing 10 fours and two sixes.
Earlier, after being put into bat Southern Punjab were bowled out for 191 in the 42nd over. Sharoon Siraj top-scored with a 88-ball 67, hitting three fours and two sixes. Opener Mohammad Shahzad was other contributor with the bat scoring 45 off 63, hitting five boundaries.
Balochistan’s Amad Butt grabbed three wickets for 34. Kashif Bhatti and Yasir Shah bagged two wickets apiece.
Scores in brief:
Sindh 374-6, 50 overs (Sharjeel Khan 206, Omair Bin Yousaf 40, Danish Aziz 38 not out, Mohammad Taha 33)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 345 all out, 47 overs (Mohammad Sarwar 89, Adil Amin 75, Kamran Ghulam 55, Fakhar Zaman 49, Khalid Usman 30 not out; Shahnawaz Dahani 5-64, Sohail Khan 2-70)
Central Punjab 239 all out, 50 overs (Saad Nasim 84, Zafar Gohar 52; Aamir Jamal 3-16, Salman Irshad 2-41, Imad Wasim 2-49, Zaman Khan 2-61)
Northern 173 all out, 39.2 overs (Imad Wasim 47; Wahab Riaz 4-22, Hussain Talat 2-18)
Balochistan beat Southern Punjab by eight wickets at Multan Cricket Stadium
Southern Punjab 191 all out, 41.3 overs (Sharoon Siraj 67, Mohammad Shahzad 45; Amad Butt 3-34, Kashif Bhatti 2-37, Yasir Shah 2-38)