Fawad, Asif set up 15-run FATA win over Rawalpindi

Salman, Kamran guide Lahore Whites to win against Blues

Rawalpindi—Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) captain Fawad Khan’s 94-run blitz and slow left-arm bowler Asif Ali’s four-wicket haul powered their side to a 15-run win over Rawalpindi in a Cool & Cool presents Jazz National T20 match here at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi on Friday.
FATA, who chose to bat after winning the toss posted a decent total of 162 on the board for the lost of just two wickets.
Fawad Khan, who opened the innings with seasoned Yasir Hameed faced just 51 balls for his 94-run knock, hammering eight sixes and seven boundaries before he was bowled by Sohail Tanvir. Yasir, whose catch was taken by Umar Amin scored 16 on as many balls.
Mohammad Usman, who scored unbeaten 31 off 29, was another main contributor for them.
Replying to that Rawalpindi scored 147 for the loss of nine wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Openers Mukhtar Ahmed and Awais Zia departed after scoring 18 and 23 runs, respectively. Zahid Mansoor (30) and Sohaild Tanvir (26) and Shadab Khan (17) were other main contributors for them.
FATA’s slow left-arm bowler Asif Ali took four wickets in his four overs, conceding just 20 runs at an economy rate of 5.00. Fawad Khan was declared man-of-the-match award for his match winning performance.
Meanwhile, Lahore Whites’ opening pair of Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal scored brisk 84 and 81 runs, respectively to guide their team to a comfortable win against Lahore Blues in their first match of the Cool & Cool presents Jazz National T20 Cup at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi on Thursday night.
Salman along with his captain Kamran Akmal treated Lahore Blues’ bowling attack ruthlessly. Salman scored unbeaten 80 off 55 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes, whereas Kamran made brisk 81 off 40 balls before he was caught by Farhan Khan on the bowling of right-arm fast-medium fast bowler Imran Ali. His innings included 11 boundaries and two sixes. After Kamran’s departure, his younger brother Umar Akmal came to the crease and scored 15 runs off just six balls, hitting three boundaries.
Earlier, putting to bat first after losing the toss, Lahore Blues posted 182 on the board for the loss of five wickets. Opener Nasir Jamshed’s quick 46 off 20 balls provided Lahore Blues a brisk start before he was caught by Umar Akmal on the bowling of slow left-arm bowler Kashif Bhatti. His innings included seven boundaries and two sixes.
Lahore Blues’ captain, Ahmed Shehzad, who opened the innings with Nasir made 19 off as many balls. Middle-order batsman Naved Yasin was the main contributor for Blues as his 53 off 40 balls that included six fours and a huge six, helped Lahore Blues to reach the decent total. Nauman Anwar with 28 runs and Saad Nasim with 26 were two other leading scorers for them.
For Lahore Whites right-arm fast bowler Amad Butt was the leading wicket-taker as he claimed 3 wickets for 34 runs in his four overs. One wicket each was taken by Kashif Bhatti and Kamran Ghulam.
Kamran Akmal was given man-of-the-match award for his superb knock. Summarized scores:
Lahore Blues 182/5 in 20 overs: Nasir Jamshed 46, Ahmed Shehzad 19, Nauman Anwar 28, Naved Yasin 53, Saad Nasim 26, Fahim Ashraf 4, Extras 6
Lahore Whites: 185/1 in 16.3 overs: Salman Butt 84, Kamran Akmal 81, Umar Akmal 15, Extras 5.—APP

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