Umar shines in Rawalpindi’s win over Islamabad

Peshawar leads points table after 3rd round T20 Cup

Rawalpindi—Umar Amin shone with the bat to guide Rawalpindi to a five-wicket win over Islamabad in a Cool and Cool Presents Jazz National T20 Cup here at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi on Thursday night.
The 26-year-old scored brisk unbeaten 76 off 50 balls, hitting five boundaries and four sixes. The other main contribution for Rawalpindi came from opener Mukhtar Ahmed, who made 40 runs off 27 balls with the help of six fours and one six. The other opener Awais Zia fell cheaply as handed over his catch to Ali Sarfraz on the bowling of slow left-arm orthodox Muhammad Irfan.
One-down batsman Asif Ali was also bowled on duck by slow left-arm bowler Mohammad Irfan. Middle-order batsmen Zahid Mansoor also went back early, scoring just one run. However late middle order batsman Hammad Azam scored solid 34 runs off 25 balls, before his catch was taken on the last ball of 18th over on the bowling Irfan.
Rawalpindi’s Irfan took three wickets for 35 runs in his four overs, while one wicket each was picked up by Abdur Rehman and Shahid Afridi.
Earlier, putting to bat first after losing the toss, Islamabad put a reasonable total of 174 on the board with main contributions coming from opener Imam-ul-Haq and middle order batsman Adil Amin, who scored 54 and 44 runs off 45 and 32 balls, respectively. Rawalpindi’s Zulfiqar Babar grabbed two wickets, while one wicket each was taken by Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Arafat. Umar Amin was given man-of-the-match award for his superb knock.
Meanwhile, Peshawar region is at top with 6 points after completion of the third round of National T20 Cup cricket tournament which is in progress at Rawalpindi.
Peshawar is the only team with three straight victories out of similar number of matches with a so far unbeaten run in the event. Behind Peshawar is Lahore White with 4 points with two victories. Karachi Blue has also 4 points with two wins at third place as Rawalpindi collected 4 points with two success, out of three matches, to remain at fourth places. Though the number two, three and four teams have four points each but Lahore White enjoys supremacy because of its better run rate.
At number five position is Karachi White with 2 points ,with one victory and two defeats. FATA region has given a good account of itself by securing sixth place with 2 points ,one victory and two defeats.
Lahore Blues is at number seven place with 2 points, with one win and two defeats and Islamabad is at the rock bottom of eight competition without a point suffering defeats in its three matches played so far.—APP

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