Umar Akmal gained his form back after smashing 136 runs to help Baluchistan beat Punjab by six wickets in the opening match of the Pakistan Cup at Pindi Stadium on Tuesday.
Awais Zia was the other successor for Baluchistan as the left-hander played an important role in the chase for his team by scoring 75 runs.
While batting first, Punjab posted 294 runs despite losing a couple of wickets earlier in the inning. Left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan struck on the third delivery of the inning to send Sami Aslam back home for naught.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Saad Ali played well in the middle-order as they both put 63 runs on the scoreboard for the fifth wickets. Iftikhar scored 54 runs while Saad came out of his grooves to play a magnificent knock of 73 runs including six boundaries.
The last part of Punjab’s inning was filled with Sohail Tanvir’s magic as the left-handed bowling all-rounder smashed 68 runs off 59 balls with the help of two boundaries and five maximums. His powerful inning lifted the score of Punjab and put the opponents under pressure.
Haris Rauf and Umer Khan bagged two wickets each for Baluchistan while Mohammad Irfan, Amad Butt, Ali Imran, and Asad Shafiq took a wicket each.
While chasing, Baluchistan lost Zeeshan Ashraf earlier as he fell to Sohail Tanvir who finished with the figures of 1-57 but Awais Zia didn’t look back as he provided thriller by smashing seven boundaries and a six during his stay at the crease.
The skipper Asad Shafiq and Bismillah Khan were failed to inspire their team while chasing as they made 13 and 11 runs respectively. Umar Akmal, in the end, hits 14 boundaries and five sixes to complete the job for his team. Fawad Alam contributed 37 off 40 balls in his team’s successful chase.
Apart from Sohail Tanvir, Ehsan Adil, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Asghar hunt a batsman each.