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Pakistan Cup: Umar Akmal stars as Balochistan beat Punjab

Balochistan clinch five-wicket win over Punjab in the tournament

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 3, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Apr 3, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

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Umar Akmal’s knock of 136 helped Balochistan beat Punjab by six wickets in the opening match of the Pakistan Cup 2019 on Tuesday in Rawalpindi.

He came to the crease when Balochistan were struggling at 66-3 while chasing a 295-run target. He single-handedly took the side to victory with four overs to spare.

The middle-order batsman hit 14 boundaries and five sixes in a 108-ball knock. He reached his half-century off 37 balls and cross three-figure mark in 86 deliveries.

He added 120 runs for the fourth-wicket with opener Awais Zia who scored 75 runs. He went on to score a 110-run partnership for the fifth-wicket with Fawad Alam who remained not out at 37 off 40 balls.

Earlier, Punjab were dismissed for 294 in 49.4 overs as Saad Ali was the top-scorer with 73 from 86 balls with six fours. Saad put on 87 runs for the sixth wicket with Sohail Tanvir, who made 68 of 59 deliveries with two fours and five sixes.

Iftikhar Ahmed made 54 off 57 balls while Khurram Manzoor contributed a 36 ball off 49 deliveries.

Punjab pacer Haris Rauf finished with figures of 2-48 runs in his 10 overs while Umar Khan also bagged two wickets while conceding 54 runs in his 9.4 overs.

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