Northern beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 79 runs in the opening game of the National T20 Cup First XI competition in Multan on Wednesday.
The side, in chase of 243-run target, managed 163-9 in their 20 overs.
Opening batsman Sahibzada Farhan was the only batsman who could provide resistance to the Northern bowlers. He top scored with 62 off 48 deliveries with six boundaries and two sixes to his name.
Musa Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Northern as he returned with figures of 3-31 in four overs. Veteran left-armer Sohail Tanvir and spinner Mohammad Nawaz took two wickets each.
Earlier, Haider Ali produced a blinder of a knock as Northern mammoth total of 242- for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to win the opening game of the National T20 Cup First XI in Multan on Wednesday.
The right-hander scored 90 off just 51 balls with the help of eight fours and six maximums to put the defending champions in a strong position.
Earlier, the defending champions had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Northern is being led by all-rounder Shadab Khan whereas KP is being captained by wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan.
Northern’s regular captain and star all-rounder Imad Wasim has been ruled out of the Multan-legged matches.
In the previous two meetings during the last year’s competition, it was Northern who came out on top on both occasions.
The tournament is played on a double-league basis for the first time in its history.
According to PCB, it will provide a platform for the players to impress the owners of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises ahead of the drafting process for the next year’s competition.
Northern XI: Zeeshan Malik, Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan (captain), Asif Ali, Umar Amin, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Musa Khan, Haris Rauf.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa XI: Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (captain and wicketkeeper), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Mohsin, Wahab Riaz, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan (vice-captain)