Balochistan struggled against a seasoned bowling line-up
Haider Ali starred as Northern beat Balochistan by six wickets in the opening match of the National T20 in Rawalpindi.
Chasing a modest 140-run target, Shadab Khan-led unit got over the line in 17 overs only.
Haider was the top-scorer in the innings with an unbeaten 58 runs off 41 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes. Meanwhile, Asif Ali remained not out on 43 off 20 balls, with the help of three fours and four sixes.
For Balochistan, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Yasir Shah and Kashif Bhatti claimed one wicket each.
Earlier, Balochistan were restricted to a meagre total of 139-7 after being asked to bat first.
Had it not been for Akbar-ur-Rehman (24) and Amad Butt’s (34) partnership for the sixth wicket, Balochistan might have posted an even lower first innings total.
Opener Abdul Wahid Bangalzai also contributed 24 runs, while his partner, captain Imam-ul-Haq, scored just six runs before he was undone by an in-swinger by Tanvir, which dislodged his stumps.
Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf was the pick of the Northern bowlers with two wickets for just 17 runs in his 3.5 overs. Spinner Mohammad Nawaz ended with figures of 31-2.
Veteran pacer Sohail Tanvir and emerging fast-bowler Zaman Khan picked up a wicket each.
Northern: Shadab Khan (captain), Mohammad Nawaz (vice-captain), Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Musa Khan, Nasir Nawaz, Salman Irshad, Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umer Amin, Zaman Khan and Zeeshan Malik
Balochistan: Imam-ul-Haq (captain), Bismillah Khan (vice-captain and wicketkeeper), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Ayaz Tasawar, Gohar Faiz, Haris Sohail, Jalat Khan, Junaid Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Mohammad Ibrahim Snr, Umaid Asif and Yasir Shah