Ali, Haider excel as Northern beat Central Punjab by five wickets

Ali Imran and Haider Ali excelled as Northern chased down 195 runs with five wickets in hand against Central Punjab in National T20 Cup.

Ali scored 55 runs with the help of 3 fours and 5 maximums while Haider Ali made 35 runs.

Set to chase a strong total, Northern lost their opener, Nasir Nawaz, earlier for just 10 runs. But, Ali and Haider showed responsibility and gathered 92 runs to the team’s total.

Mubasir Khan (22), Aamer Jamal (27*), and Rohail Nazir (26*) finished off things well for Northern in the 23rd match of the event.

For Central Punjab, Hussain Talat and Qasim Akram took two wickets each.

Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad AKhlaq provided a solid start to CP as they scored 194-5 in 20 overs against Northern.

Sent into bat first, Central Punjab’s openers stood out firm and scored 124 runs off 72 balls together to set the perfect tone for Central Punjab to set a big total. Shehzad scored 77 off 45 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and a six whereas Akhlaq made 61 laced with five boundaries and three sixes.

Shoaib Malik scored 19 runs whereas Faheem Ashraf made 12.

For Northern, Aamer Jamal bagged three wickets while Zaman Khan and Sohail Tanvir took a wicket each.

Aamer Jamal emerged as player of the match.

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