LAHORE - Zippy Punjab Friday trounced struggling Sindh by five wickets in the Pakistan Cricket Cup 2016 match to set up final clash against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to be played on May 3.

In the 10th match of the Pakistan Cup at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium, Punjab batsmen were off to flying start and achieved the target in 28 overs well before 34 overs to qualify for the final.

Shan Masood and Salman Butt provided a perfect start to Punjab as they slammed 85 runs for the first-wicket partnership. Salman Butt was run out in 16.2 overs when he playing at 39. Shan and captain Shoaib Malik then added 32 runs for the second-wicket partnership. Malik was bowled by Sohail Khan at his individual score of 15. After that, Punjab kept on scoring runs and also lost three more wickets to reach home safely. Shan Masood remained top scorer with 59 runs and was also declared man of the match. M Aamir and Sohail Khan claimed two wickets each.

Earlier, Ehsan Adil and Zulfiqar Babar were wrecker-in-chief of Sindh batting line up and restricted them to 158 in 46.3 overs. Both the Punjab bowlers bowled with authority and clinched three wickets each while Aamer Yamin and Kashif Bhatti picked two wickets each. Fawad Alam tried to give some strength to Sindh’s innings but he was dismissed after playing a knock of 99-ball 62 runs. Only four batsmen of Sindh could reach double figures.

Scoreboard

SINDH:

Khurram Manzoor b Ehsan 3

Sami Aslam c Amad b Ehsan 9

Khalid Latif c Malik b Yamin 1

Sohaib Maqsood st Rizwan b Zulfiqar 16

Fawad Alam c Saif b Zulfiqar 62

Sarfraz Ahmed b Kashif 40

Bilal Asif c sub b Yamin 4

Sohail Khan c Amad b Kashif 0

Hasan Khan lbw b Ehsan 13

Rumman Raees not out 1

M Aamir c Salman b Zulfiqar 2

EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 6) 7

TOTAL: (all out; 46.3 overs) 158

FOW: 1-8, 2-9, 3-30, 4-35, 5-104, 6-113, 7-116, 8-151, 9-154, 10-158

BOWLING: Aamer Yamin 10-1-38-2, Ehsan Adil 10-1-24-3, Zulfiqar Babar 8.3-0-34-3, Amad Butt 8-0-27-0, Kashif Bhatti 10-0-34-2

PUNJAB:

Shan Masood c Aamir b Sohail 59

Salman Butt run out 39

Shoaib Malik b Sohail 15

Asad Shafiq c Hasan b Aamir 4

M Rizwan not out 15

Amad Butt c Sarfraz b Aamir 8

Saif Badar not out 3

EXTRAS: (b4, lb3, w3, nb6) 16

TOTAL: (5 wkts; 28 overs) 159

FOW: 1-85, 2-117, 3-128, 4-132, 5-148

BOWLING: M Aamir 10-2-44-2, Sohail Khan 10-0-57-2, Bilal Asif 4-0-30-0, Rumman Raees 4-0-21-0

TOSS: Sindh

MAN OF MATCH: Shan Masood (Punjab)

UMPIRES: Rashid Riaz, Riazuddin

TV UMPIRE: M Sajid

MATCH REFEREE: M Anees