Rawalpindi rout Karachi Blues in National T20 Cup [The Nation] 30 Aug, 2016

RAWALPINDI - Rawalpindi routed Karachi Blues by 22 runs in the National T20 Cup 2016 match played here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Khurrum made 30 off 40 balls while Ali Khan contributed 19-ball 22 and Khalid Latif 17.
Karachi lost three wickets in Aizaz Cheema’s last over, as Sami, Bilawal Bhatti and Fawad Alam just thrown their wickets while trying to score 30 runs in the last over.
Cheema took 3-22 while Hammad Azam, Sohail Tanveer and Zulfiqar Babar took one wicket apiece.
Awais Zia was named player of the match.
Reham Khan was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.
Rawalpindi skipper Sohail Tanveer won the toss and decided to bat first keeping in mind dew factor.
Despite Awais Zia showing glimpses of his batting, Rawalpindi failed to post a decent total on the board.
Pindi Region head coach Sabih Azhar once again included his blue-eyed Zahid Mansoor, who despite having average of 19.
33 in 17 matches, while on the other hand, Naved Malik was once again left out.
Rawalpindi could have scored more than 200, when Awais was batting, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
Umer Amin was looking well set to score big runs, but he childishly ran himself out while attempting a suicidal second run, which was never on.
Asif Ali did manage to hit some lusty blows, but he lost his wicket at crucial stage, as Rawalpindi could post 144-7.
Awais Zia made 45 and Asif Ali 26.
M Asghar took 2-19 and Saeed Ajmal got 2-23.
Earlier, Peshawar gave Islamabad a cricketing lesson and thumped them by 36 runs.
Islamabad skipper Naeem Anjum’s decision failed to bear fruit as openers Riffatullah and Israr hammered Islamabad bowlers at will.
Peshawar was given perfect start by the openers as they put up 76 runs for the first wicket in 9.
3 overs.
Riffat continued to play his natural game and slammed 51-ball 66 hitting 9 fours, while Test discarded Sohaib Maqsood contributed quick-fire 51 off 22 balls and Israr made 42, as Peshawar posted 176-4 in the allotted overs.
Junaid Khan grabbed 2-39, while left arm spinner Abdul Rehman took 1-23.
Islamabad got off to worst start as veteran Raheel Majeed once again failed to provide Islamabad solid start as he fell after scoring 21.
Islamabad managed to score 140-5 in allotted overs.
Nephew chief selector Imam-ul-Haq made 34 and Afaq Rahim 34.
Imran Khalid took 2-2 while Imran Khan Junior got 2-22.
Sohaib Maqsood was named player of the match for his scintillating innings.
In the second match of the day, Saad Nasim helped Lahore Blues rout Fata by 6 wickets.
Fata got off to a solid start as Yasir Hameed and last match hero skipper Fawad Khan scored 51 in 6.
2 overs, but once Fawad Khan lost his wicket, Fata never recovered and could only score 139-7.
Fawad made 38 while Aamer Yamin added 21.
Zafar Gouhar took 2-22 and Fahim Ashraf 2-28.
Lahore started run-chase in the worst possible fashion, losing three wickets for just 14 runs.
Saad Nasim along with first Naved Yaisn and then with Raza Ali strengthened Lahore’s position.
Saad hammered unbeaten 66 off 39, while Naved Yasin added 38 and Raza Ali unbeaten 30.
Asif Ali and Bilal Asif took one wicket each.
Saad was named player of the match.
It was once again highly disappointing crowd as the tournament organising committee kept on sitting on passes and never bothered to open entry at least for general stands.
Due to mismanagement and non-availability of tickets, the masses were left with no other option but to return home without having a glance of their favorite players.
It is high time the PCB chairman must open his eyes and seek explanation from so-called cricket administrator, who have been depriving locals of watching stars in action.
On the other hand, near and dear ones are enjoying free meal, soft drinks, chairman box passes, but ordinary people are left at their own.

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