Northern has beaten KP in the inaugural game of National T20 Cup 2020 comprehensively. Thanks to the stellar performance from the Pakistan’s new young sensation Haider Ali, Northern managed to win the first game by 79 runs.
Haider Ali in the opening game of Pakistan’s #NationalT20Cup today:
🔥 90 runs
🔥 48 balls
🔥 Seven fours
🔥 Five sixes
His innings helped Northern (Pakistan) pile up 242/3 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 🤯pic.twitter.com/3aX11GvWlx
— ICC (@ICC) September 30, 2020
Batting first the defending champion Northern set a mountainous target of 243 which KP was unable to achieve and managed to score only 163 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. KP’s opener Sahibzada Farhan was the only batsman who provide a bit resistance against the Northern bowling attack. He was the top scorer from KP’s side with 63 runs off 48 balls. In his 63 runs innings he managed to hit two 6s and six 4s. Musa Khan was the most impressive bowler from Northern as he finished with impressive figures of 3/31 in his 4 overs. Experienced left arm pacer Sohail Tanvir and spinner Muhammad Nawaz managed to take two wickets each.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 30, 2020
Earlier it was a Haider Ali show as he produced a staggering inning of 90 that helped Northern to put a mammoth total of 242. In his 90 runs innings he managed to hit eight 4s and six 6s. Opener Zeeshan Malik was also impressive as he also scored 77 runs of just 47 balls with eight 4s and three 6s. Junaid Khan was the most successful bowler from KP as managed to get two big wickets of Zeeshan Malik and Haider Ali. Overall KP’s experienced pace battery put up a very poor show as all of them were hammered by Northern batsmen everywhere. Wahab Riaz was wicketless and gave away 51 runs in his 3 overs. KP’s batting line was very strong on papers with the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Shoaib Mali, Iftikhar Ahmed and captain Muhammad Rizwan but all of them failed to take their team to home. Northern record against KP is flawless as they have beaten them on all three occasion. Two times in 2019 season and third time today. National T20 Cup is played on double league basis and all the team will face each other twice.
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