Sindh Emerged Victorious; What Turned Tables for Central Punjab?

The anticipated lookouts cheered for Sindh vs Southern Punjab and Balochistan vs Central Punjab on Day 2 of the National T20 Cup 2021 going on at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. 

On the one hand, Southern Punjab and Sindh stepped in their first game of the tournament. On the other hand, it was the second game for Babar Azam-led Central Punjab and Imam ul Haq-led Balochistan.

Sindh, the orange jerseys, have bloomed their NT20 journey with a quick win over Sohaib Maqsood and co. It was apparent under Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has plenty of accomplishments in the twenty-over format. 

Whereas Central Punjab could have bartered with another massive crack heading to two back-to-back defeats. But, a few complimentary contributions turned the tables for Babar and chaps. The game was merely in the hands of Imam’s men, but they had to undergo another heavy disaster by the game’s end that fetched their second consecutive defeat of the NT20 2021. 

Let’s have a close look at what happened on the field on Day 2 of the NT20:

Match 3: Sindh vs Central Punjab

It is turning out to be a prosperous decision while choosing to bowl first after winning the toss. Wisely, after opting to chase, Sarfaraz’s guys conceded a decent target of 176 runs. It did not look easy but having plenty of top-notches batters at their end, Sindh sustained a comfortable victory over Maqsood’s men. 

While batting first, Southern Punjab emerged with various notable performances. The batters almost equally progressed with decent-looking scores. Aamer Yamin remained the top scorer of their end, with 43 coming off 26. The rest of the batters added under 34 runs individually, but it had to go in vain after Sarfaraz’s players overpowered them by every means. Anwar Ali’s 29 off 9 are worth mentioning.

The orange bowlers grasped seven wickets with 2 coming for Mohammad Hasnain. The remaining bowlers picked 1 each alongside a run out by Maqsood.

In reply, Maqsood and men could grasp five of Sindh’s wickets that came as 1 each for Aamer Yamin, Naseem Shah, and Mohammad Ilyas. Sarfaraz and Khurram Manzoor, being active on the field, got two run-outs.

Not only being excellent with the bowl, but the triumphant side also had an edge while batting too. Manzoor’s 85 off 49, alongside the rest of the satisfactory benefactions, lift the opening encounter’s victory for them. 

Match 4: Central Punjab vs Balochistan:

Despite adding 142 runs after choosing to bat first, Balochistan took things in their hands while bowling and fielding versus Azam and fellows. What turned the tables for Central Punjab? Probably, the last pitiful over by Junaid Khan that Wahab Riaz chose to play wisely with two sixes and boundary. Alongside his contributions with the bowl, he added 20 off 9 balls – a much-needed and match-winning inning. 

Babar’s 65 could have gone in vain, but all thanks to Riaz’s grants. Notably, Central Punjab were already coming from a defeat versus the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in their opening encounter yesterday.

Batting aside, Babar’s bowlers dominated in bowling as Usman Qadir, Riaz, and Faheem Ashraf grasped 4, 2, and 1 wicket for each. On the other hand, Akif-Kashif 2 wickets had to be wasted. 

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