Southern Punjab clinched a narrow three-run win over rivals Central Punjab in the high-scoring National T20 Cup fixture in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
Babar Azam’s side, chasing a 206-run target, were restricted to 202-8 in their 20 overs.
Faheem Ashraf scored a half-century but it wasn’t enough for the side to get over the line.
The left-handed batsman top-scored with 54 off 22 deliveries with the help of four boundaries and five sixes.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal made 32 off 18 balls after hitting two fours and three maximums whereas Mohammad Aklaq’s 30-run knock included two boundaries and two sixes.
Pacer Mohammad Abbas was the pick of the bowlers for Southern Punjab as he returned with figures of 3-41 in four overs.
Shan Masood’s side, being asked to bat first, made 205-3 on the back of half-centuries by the team captain and Hussain Talat.
The left-handed batsman top-scored with an unbeaten 59-run knock which came off 36 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries and two sixes. The captain made 50 off 38 balls with seven fours to his name.
Khushdil Shah chipped in with his 47-run knock which lasted 23 deliveries and included four boundaries and three maximums.
Zafar Gohar took two wickets for Central Punjab.