Zeeshan Malik set the tone for Northern to win fourth consecutive match


Multan : Zeeshan Malik (84) set the platform for table-toppers Northern to beat Sindh by 13 runs to win the 10th contest of the National T20 Cup.

Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Nawaz bagged two wickets each to restrict Sindh to 191-7 in reply to 205-runs target.

Set to chase 205 runs, Sindh lost Sharjeel Khan earlier for just a run but Khurram Manzoor and Azam Khan smashed 82 runs together to set the tone for Sindh to chase the total.

Azam Khan scored his second T20 fifty with the help of five towering sixes and four boundaries. He made 55 runs off 28 balls before being catched out at short third man off Shadab Khan.

Khurram accelerated the inning later on but no other batsmen partenered with him to finish the match. At a strike-Rate of 123.07, Khurram scored 64 runs off 52 balls with the help of nine boundaries and a six.

Anwar Ali tried hard in the end to win the match for Sindh but he couldn’t stay at the crease till the end. He scored 37 runs off 17 deliveries laced with five boundaries and two sixes.

Earlier, Zeeshan powered Northern to 204-5 in 20 overs. His powerful inning included nine boundaries and a maximum. Haider Ali contributed 35 whereas Umar Amin scored 20 in the end to further strengthen the score of tope ranked Northern at the points table.

For Sindh, Sohail Khan and Mohammad Husnain bagged two wickets while Mir Hamza took a scalp.