NewsIftikhar, Kamran and Samiullah Jnr score match-winning fifties on day four of Super Eight stage

Iftikhar, Kamran and Samiullah Jnr score match-winning fifties on day four of Super Eight stage

Karachi, 4 December 2023: The Super Eight stage of AH Group presents Jazz Super 4G National T20 Cup entered its fourth day as Peshawar, Abbottabad and FATA bagged victories in their respective games at three different venues.

The fourth match of the day kicks off at 2000 PKT between Rawalpindi and Lahore Blues. The coin toss is set to take place at 1930 PKT.

Sialkot v Peshawar at UBL Sports Complex

Peshawar continued their dominance in the Super Eight Stage as they routed Sialkot by 73 runs at UBL Sports Complex. The Peshawar batters came out all guns blazing on their way to a grand total of 230-4 in the allotted 20 overs. Left-handed opener Israrullah top-scored with a 39-ball 64 comprising of eight fours and two sixes. Sahibzada Farhan (58, 30b, 5x4s, 5x6s) and Iftikhar Ahmed (55 not out, 24b, 4x4s, 4x6s) hit brisk half-centuries while Adil Amin (20 not out, 13b, 2x4s, 1×6) chipped in with a late cameo.

Sialkot, in pursuit of the big target, kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The Sialkot top-order returned to the dugout within the batting powerplay. The middle-order comprising of Shoaib Malik (22, 20b, 3x4s, 1×6), Momin Waqar (34, 18b, 4x4s, 1×6) and Hamza Nazar (20, 15b, 1×4, 1×6) got starts but not enough to help the team get over the line. Captain Bilal Asif (28, 16b, 3x4s, 2x6s) resisted with a cameo but was dismissed by Mohammad Abbas Afridi.

Iftikhar Ahmed bagged player of the match award for his brilliant all-round performance.

Abbottabad v Karachi Whites at NBP Sports Complex

At NBP Sports Complex, Abbottabad chased down Karachi Whites’ target of 148 in 18.5 overs. Earlier, Abbottabad won the toss and invited Karachi Whites to bat first. Omair Bin Yousuf (43, 43b, 2x4s, 2x6s) and Danish Aziz (29 not out, 18b, 2x4s, 2x6s) top-scored to help Karachi Whites post a decent total of 147-6.

Yasir Shah once again found himself among wickets as he clinched the prized wicket of Asad Shafiq and Ammad Alam.

In reply, Abbottabad had an early hiccup as opening batter Anees Azam fell for a golden duck but then Sajjad Ali Jnr (56, 42b, 7x4s, 2x6s) and Kamran Ghulam (51 not out, 45b, 2x4s, 2x6s) steadied the ship. Karachi Whites struck thrice after that but Kamran’s unbeaten effort along with Khalid Usman’s (11 not out, 4b, 1×4, 1×6) contribution made sure Abbottabad registered a triumph.

Lahore Whites vs FATA at National Bank Stadium

FATA made their presence felt as they beat Lahore Whites by seven wickets. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Lahore Whites posted a paltry total of 118 for the loss of six wickets as FATA kept the batters in check. Only Mohammad Irfan (26 not out, 17b, 3x4s), Ahmed Shehzad (22, 18b, 4x4s) and Tayyab Tahir (20, 29b, 2x4s) reached the 20-run mark. Leg-spinner Maaz Khan bowled an economical spell yielding two wickets for 18 runs in four overs.

Lahore Whites struck twice in the first over as Rehan Afridi and Salman Khan Jnr bagged golden ducks. With the chips down for FATA, Samiullah Jnr (71 not out, 51b, 8x4s, 3x6s) kept one end safe and continued to score runs. He stitched a 63-run partnership with Kashif Noor (15, 18b) and an unbeaten 51-run partnership with Khushdil Shah (27 not out, 19b, 1×4, 2x6s) that helped FATA chase the target in 14.3 overs.

Scores in brief:

Peshawar beat Sialkot by 73 runs at UBL Sports Complex, Karachi

Peshawar 230-4, 20 overs (Israrullah 64, Sahibzada Farhan 58, Iftikhar Ahmed 55 not out; Usman Khalid 1-16, Shoaib Malik 1-35, Mohammad Ali 1-40, Sohaibullah 1-67)

Sialkot 157 all out, 20 overs (Momin Waqar 34, Bilal Asif 28, Ashir Mehmood 25; Mohammad Abbas Afridi 3-22, Iftikhar Ahmed 2-28, Mohammad Ilyas 2-33, Israrullah 1-16, Sajid Khan 1-29, Imran Khan Snr 1-29)

Player of the match – Iftikhar Ahmed (Peshawar)

Abbottabad beat Karachi Whites by six wickets at NBP Sports Complex, Karachi

Karachi Whites 147-6, 20 overs (Omair Bin Yousuf 43, Danish Aziz 29 not out, Anwar Ali 21, Ammad Alam 21; Yasir Shah 2-27, Khalid Usman 1-12, Fayyaz Khan 1-27, Shahab Khan 1-29)

Abbottabad 148-4, 18.5 overs (Sajjad Ali Jnr 56, Kamran Ghulam 51 not out, Ahmed Khan 22; Arif Yaqoob 2-33, Sohail Khan 1-27, Ziaullah 1-27)

Player of the match – Kamran Ghulam (Abbottabad)

FATA beat Lahore Whites by seven wickets at National Bank Stadium, Karachi

Lahore Whites 118-6, 20 overs (Mohammad Irfan 26, Ahmed Shehzad 22, Tayyab Tahir 20; Maaz Khan 2-18, Asif Ali 1-15, Sameen Gul 1-26, Irfanullah Shah 1-28)

FATA 119-3, 14.3 overs (Samiullah Jnr 71, Khushdil Shah 27; Mohammad Amir Khan 2-22, Saad Nasim 1-12)

Player of the match – Samiullah Jnr (FATA)

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