KP efficiently defend Nationwide T20 Cup title

— PCB
  • Iftikhar Ahmed receives the titles of “Participant of the Ultimate” and “Participant of the Match.”
  • Sahibzada Farhan will get the title of “Greatest Batter of the Match” with 447 runs.
  • Imran Khan Snr luggage the title of “Greatest bowler of the Match” whereas Rohail Nazir luggage the title of “Greatest Wicketkeeper of the Match.”

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa efficiently defended the Nationwide T20 title, due to their captain Iftikhar Ahmed’s all-round efficiency, which original a seven-wicket win over Central Punjab within the remaining on the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old all-rounder stroked a whirlwind 45 not out off 19 as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa overhauled a 149-run goal with 18 balls spare. Iftikhar arrived on the crease along with his aspect requiring 59 runs from 7.4 overs and smashed two sixes and 6 fours to complete because the second-best batter within the match with 409 runs scored at a staggering strike price of 170.41.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain accomplished the run chase by smoking Mohammad Faizan for a 4 via cowl on the final ball of the seventeenth over and unleashed a roar within the Lahore evening sky. He was received the participant of the ultimate and the perfect participant of the match awards.

Adil Amin with an unbeaten 25 off 21 supplied Iftikhar help from the opposite finish.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s run chase was off to a quiet begin as Central Punjab captain Wahab Riaz bowled a maiden over to Sahibzada Farhan. Younger wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Haris spanked Sameen Gul for a 4 and a six within the second over earlier than he was dismissed.

The second wicket 47-run stand between Farhan, who was named as the perfect batter for scoring the 447 – essentially the most within the match – at a strike price of 132, and Kamran Ghulam (37 off 31) staged the restoration and put Khyber Pakhtunkhwa into a powerful place.

Farhan made 26 off 28 and was dismissed by younger off-spinner Qasim Akram.

That Central Punjab bowlers had one thing to bowl at was as a result of 85-run second-wicket alliance between Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal. The pair got here collectively after Mohammad Akhlaq was caught behind off Imran Khan Snr on the second ball and put Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bowlers on the backfoot.

Ahmed, who prime scored within the innings with 36-ball 44, smashed Arshad Iqbal for 2 fours within the second over, nevertheless it was the fifth over when their partnership actually kicked off as the 2 smashed left-arm orthodox Asif Afridi for 2 fours and a six in an over that added 16 to the whole.

Ahmed completed the powerplay with an impressive six-over level as Central Punjab gathered 51 from the primary six overs.

It was left-arm orthodox Khalid Usman who ended their partnership as he deceived Kamran within the air and had him stumped. Kamran smashed three fours and two sixes in his 29-ball 42.

The following over, Central Punjab’s issues compounded as Iftikhar launched himself into the assault. Ahmed fell six runs wanting what would have been his fortieth T20 half-century as he maintain out to long-off.

In his subsequent over, Iftikhar accounted for Saif Badar and Hussain Talat as Central Punjab slipped from 85 for one to 101 for 5 and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain completed with an excellent three for 5.

Qasim was the one batter within the middle-order to make a priceless contribution with 11-ball 20. He struck two sixes to Imran within the seventeenth over, which added 20.

However, from there on, Central Punjab misplaced wickets at common intervals. Mohammad Imran eliminated Mohammad Faizan and Qasim on back-to-back deliveries within the 18th over and Arshad despatched Faheem Ashraf and Zafar Gohar again to the pavilion within the subsequent over. Imran returned within the final over to take away Wahab and finish Central Punjab’s innings with 4 balls spare.

Scores in short

Central Punjab 148 all out, 19.2 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 44, Kamran Akmal 42, Qasim Akram 20; Iftikhar Ahmed 3-5, Mohammad Imran 3-26, Arshad Iqbal 2-28)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 152-3, 17 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 45 not out, Kamran Ghulam 37, Sahibzada Farhan 26, Adil Amin 25 not out; Sameen Gul 1-19, Qasim Akram 1-27, Mohammad Faizan 1-46)

Participant of the ultimate: Iftikhar Ahmed

Participant of the match: Iftikhar Ahmed (409 runs and eight wickets)

Greatest batter of the match: Sahibzada Farhan (447 runs)

Greatest bowler of the match: Imran Khan Snr (16 wickets)

Greatest wicketkeeper of the match: Rohail Nazir (12 dismissals)

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