Khurram, Taimur inspire SNGPL to Naya Nazimabad Ramazan Cup glory

Karachi—An unbroken century partnership between Taimur Sultan and Khurram Shehzad guided Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) to victory over State Bank of Pakistan (SBP in the final of the fourth Naya Nazimabad Ramazan Cup at the Lawai Cricket Stadium on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr here.
Opting to bat first, SBP reached 132-7 in their 20 overs against tight bowling, intelligently utilized by SNGPL skipper Adnan Akmal, the discarded Test wicket-keeper.
SBP captain Israrullah was the top scorer with a 25-ball knock of 29 that included five boundaries). Farrukh Shehzad struggled to make 22 from 35 deliveries, while Daniyal Rajput hit an unbeaten 18.
Slow left-armer Sadaqat Ali was the pick of the SNGPL bowling with an excellent return of 3-24 in four overs.
SNGPL’s response to the chase was shaky when opener Mohammad Imran (11) was run out and international Bilal Asif departed for only nine to leave his team in trouble at 28-2 in the sixth over.
But the arrival of the experienced Khurram eased the tension in the SNGPL dugout as the right-hander simply toyed with the SBP bowlers to clobber five sixes and pair of boundaries in a dazzling innings of 63 off 45 balls while dominating the third-wicket of 105 with Taimur.
Taimur ended up making a composed 47 with his 51-ball effort containing three fours and one six.
Khurram was deserving recipient of the Rs75,000 man-of-the-match prize at the presentation ceremony which was graced by Hussain Lawai, the president of Summit Bank, who was the chief guest.
Also present were Arif Habib Group chief Arif Habib, Naya Nazimabad sports director Mohammad Iqbal, tournament director Riazuddin, former KCCA president Prof Sirajul Islam Bukhari, current KCCA secretary Shafiq Kazmi, media coordinator Mohammad Nizam, Quetta Gladiators team manager Azam Khan, marketing head of Naya Nazimabad Ahmer Ali Rizvi, former first-class player Akbar Alam and senior umpire Junaid Ghafoor.
A delighted SNGPL skipper Adnan Akmal received the winners’ trophy along with Rs1 million awarded to the champions. His SBP counterpart collected the runners-up trophy Rs500,000.
Among the individual awards, talented all-rounder Hussain Talat of SNGPL pocketed Rs50,000 for being the player-of-the-tournament (165 runs and 13 wickets). Mohammad Irfan of SSGC won the best bowler prize of 25,000.
The same amount was presented to Taimur Sultan for being the best batsman, while with a tally of 11 dismissals (seven catches and four stumpings), Adnan Akmal bagged the best wicket-keeper award.
Dawood Sports, who lost to SNGPL in the semi-final, were winners of the best disciplined team prize of Rs50,000. KCCA joint secretary and mentor of the team Jameel Ahmed collected the award.—Agencies

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