RAWALPINDI - Peshawar defended Cool & Cool Present Haier Mobile T20 Cup 2015 title, after outclassing star-studied Karachi Region Blues by five wickets in the final played here at Pindi Cricket Stadium Tuesday.

Heroes of the final M Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmad ensured title for Peshawar as they played superb knocks for the fourth-wicket unbroken stand. Man of the final Rizwan remained unbeaten at 58 consuming 34 deliveries, hitting 7 fours and 1 six, while Iftikahr contributed unbeaten 57 off 40 balls, hitting 2 fours and 3 powerful sixes. Shahid Afridi took 1-21, Anwar Ali 1-34 and Abdul Amir 1-39.

Fawad Alam dropped Iftikhar, when Peshawar required 27 off 15 balls. It was end of Karachi Blues hopes of winning the title.

Requiring 178 runs for victory, Peshawar started very well. Thanks to last match hero Riffatullah, who made 23-ball 43, to provide sterling start to Peshawar. He hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his stylish knock. But after his departure, Peshawar lost three quick wickets and were reeling at 66-3, before Rizwan came into the party and hit some lusty hits to bring Peshawar back into contention.

Earlier, Zohaib Khan won the toss and opted to field first. His decision immediately paid great dividend as opener Shahzaib Hasan was out without scoring in the very first over, when Karachi Blues had scored just one run. Khalid Latif followed soon and Karachi was in all sorts of trouble after losing five wickets including Boom Boom when the total was only 105 in 13 overs. Man of the moment skipper Sarfraz Ahmed led from the front and scored some quick runs to help Karachi post 177-8 on the board. Sarfraz made 26-ball 47 with the help of 6 fours, while Khurram Manzoor added 41, studied with 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Boom Boom Afridi once again failed to entertain the highly-charged crowd, which was in massive numbers and, was out once again playing highly rash unwanted stroke after scoring 5 runs in 17 balls. Imran Khan Junior continued his dream bowling run as he once again picked 3 wickets conceding 26 runs, while Imran Khan Senior was not far behind and chipped in with 2 for 35.

It was huge crowd, and not a single seat was available and such was the atmosphere that almost same number of spectators were standing outside the stadium in hope to sneak in. It was highly injustice that ticket holders were left stranded while unknowns enjoyed the party.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar M Khan, CEO Haier Pakistan Javed Afridi, Intikhab Aalam, PCB governing body member Shakil Sheikh, former world’s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar along with other dignitaries were present at the occasion to witness the final.

Imran Khan Junior of Peshawar was the best bowler with 16 wickets while Kamran Akmal was best fielder with seven catches and Iftikhar Ahmed was best batsman of the tournament with 299 runs.

Ahsan Raza and Sohzeb Raza were umpires while Ahmed Shahab was TV umpire, Musaddaq Rasool match referee and Shakeel Ahmed official scorer.