National T20 Cup 2022, Sep 16th: Central and Southern Punjab emerge victorious
As we are inching towards the knockout stages of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2022, Central Punjab and Southern Punjab came up against Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively, in two enthralling encounters on Friday, September 16th. Let’s take a look at the recap of what transpired.
Match 27th: Central Punjab vs Northern
Shoaib Malik shared his player of the match award with Qasim Akram for his 58 off 37 (PC: Twitter)
Central Punjab outclassed Northern by 6 wickets in Match 27th of the ongoing Pakistan National T20 on Friday afternoon at Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan.
A sheer dominance with the bat by Qasim Akram (58 off 37) and Shoaib Malik (62* off 39) helped Central Punjab to chase the target of 163 with two overs to spare. It was a must win game for Central Punjab to keep themselves in the race of the knockout stages. Akram’s side is now placed third in the points table with ten points and will be hoping for favorable results on the final day of the league stages.
Nasir Nawaz in action for Northern against Central Punjab (PC : Twitter)
Earlier, after electing to bat first, Northern openers got off to a flying start with Nasir Nawaz leading the pack with a dominating 82 off 57. However, Central Punjab managed to keep Northern from reaching a strong total. Aamer Yamin was the pick of the bowlers for Central Punjab once again, who bowled a terrific 19th over, taking three wickets and giving away just five runs to restrict Northern to 162 for 5 at the end of 20 overs.
Northern: 162/5 (20 Overs)
Nasir Nawaz 82 (57), Umar Amin 31 (29);
Aamer Yamin 3-29 (4), Muhammad Faizan 1-25 (3)
Central Punjab: 163/4 (18 Overs)
Shoaib Malik 62 (39)*, Qasim Akram 58 (37)
Sohail Tanvir `1-15 (3), Salman Irshad 1-31 (4)
Central Punjab won by 6 wickets.