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Sohail’s 4-fer, Sharjeel’s 53 help Sindh clinch maiden National T20 title | National T20 Cup

Sohail Khan’s four-fer and Sharjeel Khan’s blistering 53 off 36 balls led Sindh to their maiden National T20 title after beating Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by eight wickets in the final of the Kingdom Valley National T20 Cup 2022-23 here at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday evening.


Match Summary

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 140/10 (19.5 ov)

Sindh 141/2 (14.4 ov)

Sindh won by 8 wickets

SCORECARD

This was Sindh’s first National T20 title since the inception of the new domestic structure in 2019 and they also took away the glittering National T20 trophy besides the PKR 5million winners’ prize. While, this was defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first defeat in the final in the last three years.

In pursuit of a 141-run target, Sindh opening pair Saim Ayub and Sharjeel Khan provided a flying start to their team as both batters stroked eight fours and six sixes between them. The pair scored at 11 runs an over in the powerplay and stitched a 70-run partnership for the first wicket.

The left-handed Saim was the first one to depart with 36 off 24 balls and ended the tournament with 416 runs at a staggering strike rate of over 155. Sharjeel top-scored for his side and smoked four fours and as many sixes during the course of his innings. Omair Bin Yousuf (21 not out, 12b, one four, two sixes) and captain Saud Shakeel (18 not out, 16b, two fours) saw Sindh chased down the target with 32 balls to spare.

Earlier, the decision to bat first from Khalid Usman backfired as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wobbled at the top of the innings when they slumped to 44 for three in the powerplay. Sohail accounted for Sahibzada Farhan (four off two, one four) and Kamran Ghulam (16, 11b, four fours) in the first nine balls he bowled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s batting. He went on to pick two more wickets (Mohmmad Sarwar Afridi 30 off 20, one four, two sixes) and Mohammad Abbas Afridi (one off two) to end with match figures of 4-0-18-4 and later adjudicated player of the final. Wicketkeeper-batter Rehan Afridi top-scored with a 41-ball 43, studded with four fours and one six.

Mir Hamza and Asif Mehmood bagged two wickets apiece.

That the Sindh were able to win the tournament goes to an all-round performance from the side which included performances from Saim – who was awarded player of the tournament, Sohail – who was awarded best bowler of the tournament with 21 scalps and Sarfaraz Ahmed – who was awarded with best wicket-keeper of the tournament with 13 dismissals to his name. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Sahibzada Farhan was awarded with best batter of the tournament with 429 

Top Tournament Stats

Top Batter (Runs Scored) 

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) 

Most Sixes 

Points Table

Fixtures

Match Stats

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Sahibzada Farhan - 0.2 ov), 2-22 (Kamran Ghulam - 2.3 ov), 3-37 (Adil Amin - 5.3 ov), 4-67 (Aamer Azmat - 10.1 ov), 5-98 (Rehan Afridi - 14.2 ov), 6-128 (Khalid Usman - 17.5 ov), 7-129 (Abbas Afridi - 18.1 ov), 8-129 (Mohammad Sarwar - 18.2 ov), 9-139 (Imran Khan Jnr - 19.4 ov), 10-140 (Ihsanullah - 19.5 ov)

SindhFall of wickets: 1-70 (Saim Ayub - 7.1 ov), 2-109 (Sharjeel Khan - 11.4 ov)

Playing XI

Khyber PakhtunkhwaRehan Afridi (WK), Sahibzada Farhan, Adil Amin, Kamran Ghulam, Aamer Azmat, Mohammad Sarwar, Khalid Usman, Arshad Iqbal, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah, Imran Khan Jnr

SindhSarfaraz Ahmed (WK),Sharjeel Khan, Saim Ayub, Saud Shakeel, Omair Bin Yousuf, Anwar Ali, Danish Aziz, Sohail Khan, Zahid Mahmood, Mir Hamza, Asif Mehmood

 

Match Details

Date: 19 14:30:00

Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Toss: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the toss & elected to bat

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