ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Royals and Karachi Kings marched into the final of the first-ever National Veterans Twenty20 Cricket Championship by chalking up impressive victories over their respective on Friday. Islamabad Royals swept aside Rawalpindi Askari by 80 runs at KRL Cricket Stadium while Karachi Kings outgunned Lahore Leopards by 57 runs at Marghzar Ground. The final...
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Royals and Karachi Kings marched into the final of the first-ever National Veterans Twenty20 Cricket Championship by chalking up impressive victories over their respective on Friday. Islamabad Royals swept aside Rawalpindi Askari by 80 runs at KRL Cricket Stadium while Karachi Kings outgunned Lahore Leopards by 57 runs at Marghzar Ground.
The final between Islamabad Royals and Karachi Kings will be played at Marghzar on Sunday.
The same two teams will play the last league match at the same venue on Saturday before facing each other in Sunday’s final.
In the two important league matches on Friday, Islamabad and Karachi were hands down winners over their respective rivals.
Islamabad Royals aggregated 227 for four wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat with Pervaiz Akhter making 74 off 41 balls with three 6s and nine 4s.In reply, Rawalpindi Askari wre restricted to 147 for six wickets.
Besides Pervaiz Akhter, the other notable scorers for Islamabad Royals were Sardar Mehmood who smashed two 6s and 11 4s and ex-Test cricketer Ashraf Ali who notched up 47 not out off 24 balls.
For Rawalpindi Askari, Lt. Gen., ® Najmi claimed two wickets for 45 runs.Tariq and Dr. Wilayet got one wicket each for 44 and 21 runs respectively.
The captain of Rawalpindi Askari, Lt. Gen. Absar Hussain, led from the front with his fine knock of 51 off 38 balls, hitting eight boundaries, but couldn’t carry the day for his side.
Also doing well for Rawalpindi were Masood Anwar (46 off 44 balls) and Tariq (25 runs off 23 balls).
Former Pakistan leg spinner Ali Zia captured three wickets for 10 runs while Lt. Gen,. ® Munir Hafiz chipped in with two wickets for 15 runs and Lt. Gen. Sabahat got one wicket for 22 runs.
Sardar Mehmood was declared man-of-the-match.
Karachi Kings accumulated 230 runs for the loss of four wickets after Lahore Leopard skipper Lt. Gen. ® Tauqeer Zia won the toss and elected to field. Former Test allrounder Ijaz Faqih remained the top-scorer with 76 not out off 27 balls,studded with seven 6s and five 4s.
Akram Khan was the next best batsman with a knock of 53, coming off 41 ball, punctuated with one 6 and five 4s. The Karachi skipper, Fawad Ijaz Khan, made 25 not out off 12 deliveries, hitting five times to the ropes.
The wicket-takers for Lahore with one scalp each were Lt. Gen. ® Tauqeer Zia, Shaikh Salim, Raza Shah and Yar Muhammad.
Lahore Leopard could manage just 173-6 as Azhar Burki hammered 56 runs off 29 balls with three 6s and six 4s while Mian Munir remained unbeaten on 45 in 26 balls,getting four 6s and three 4s.
The bowling honours for Karachi went to Haji Ashraf (3-27) as well as Mehmood Rashid (1-19) and Fawad Ijaz Khan (1-43).
Ijaz Faqih earned the man-of-the-match award.