Babar Azam’s side register close three-run win in Rawalpindi
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Mohammad Rizwan’s heroics went in vain as Central Punjab registered a three-run win in the 26th game of the National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
Khyber Pakthtunkhwa were restricted to 171-6 in chase of 175-run target.
The wicketkeeper-batsman scored a half-century as he remained unbeaten on 99 off 68 deliveries with seven boundaries and six sixes to his name.
Waqas Maqsood was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 3-43 in his four overs.
Central Punjab, who were asked to take guard, scored 174-4 in their 20 overs on the back of half-centuries by Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Akhlaq.
Shafique, who scored a brilliant century against rivals Southern Punjab, top-scored for his team with 63 off 48 deliveries with five boundaries and two sixes to his name.
Akhlaq hit four fours and three maximums during his 50-run knock which lasted 29 balls.
They put on a 70-run partnership for the third wicket.
The pace duo of Imran Khan Snr. and Usman Shinwari picked up two wickets each.