Match is being played at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
Captain Iftikhar Ahmed produced an all-around performance as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa successfully defended the National T20 title against Central Punjab at the Gaddafi Stadium Wednesday.
In reply to the 149-run target, KP reached the target in 17 overs with seven wickets in hand.
Captain was the star of the show with both bat and bowl as he finished the innings in style with 45 off 19 deliveries. He smashed four boundaries and two maximums.
He was well supported by Kamran Ghulam, who contributed with 37 off 31 balls. Adil Amin remained unbeaten on 25.
For Central Punjab, Sameen Gul, Qasim Akram and Muhammad Faizan shared a wicket each for the losing side.
Earlier batting first, Central Punjab were bowled out for 148 in 19.2 overs. After losing Mohammad Akhlaq, who departed without troubling the scorers, Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal got the team off to a magnificent start.
They made an 85-run stand for the second wicket. At that stage, Kamran Akmal was removed by Khalid Usman. He scored 42 off 29 deliveries with the help of three boundaries and two maximums.
His wicket was the start of the collapse of the middle-order as team was reduced to 101 for five in the span of just over three overs.
The major dent was provided by Iftikhar Ahmed, who claimed figures of three for five in his two-over spell.
Mohammad Imran also claimed three wickets in the game and conceded just 26 runs in 3.2 overs.
For his brilliant all-around performance in the tournament Iftikhar was named the man of the tournament and the man of the match in the final.
KP 153-3 (17 overs)
Iftikhar finishes things of in style with back to back boundaries as KP successfully retains the title.
What an over for KP 2 1 4 6 1 2nb 4
Iftikhar has turned the tie in favour of the defending champions, who are just 24 runs away from victory.
OUT! Mohammad Faizan picks up his first wicket of the night as he removes Kamran Ghulam, who walked back to the pavilion after scoring 37 off 31 balls.
At halfway stage KP 69-2 (10 overs)
Massive wicket for Central Punjab
OUT! Big wicket for Central Punjab as Qasim Akram removes in-form Sahibzada Ferhan, who departed after scoring just 26.— Samaa Sports (@samaasport) October 13, 2021
KP 57-2 (8.3 overs)
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At the end of powerplay KP 43-1 (6 overs)
OUT! Great start for Central Punjab as Sameen Gul removed wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Haris, who departed after scoring just 10.
KP 10-1(1.5 overs)
We are back with the second inning of the final
OUT! Wahab Riaz also departs, Mohammad Imran strikes!
CP 148 (19.2 overs)
OUT! Zafar Gohar is gone, Arshad wrecks his stumps!
CP 148-9 (19 overs)
OUT! Faheem Ashraf departs after a 14-run cameo, Arshad Iqbal the wicket-taker, Kamran Ghulam takes an easy catch at long-off
CP 148-8 (18.3 overs)
OUT! Mohammad Imran gets the dangerman out. Qasim Akram goes after a 20-run knock.
CP 131-7 (17.3 overs)
OUT! Mohammad Imran strikes! Faizan is gone!
131-6 (17.2 overs)
QASIM ON SONG! The youngster smashes Imran all over the ground, 20 in the over! 6 2 1 4 1 6
CP 131-5 (17 overs)
OUT! Three for Iftikhar, two in the over! Hussain Talat has been trapped plumb as he goes for a reverse-sweep. What a night it is turning out to be for the KP skipper!
CP 101-5 (13.4 overs)
OUT! Saif Badar is gone! Iftikhar gets his second after Badar plays it in the hands of Nabi Gul stationed at deep midwicket!
CP 100-4 (13.1 overs)
OUT! The captain striker for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa! Well-set Ahmed Shehzad tries to go hard against Iftikhar Ahmed, the ball rises high up in the air and Sahibzada Farhan taken an easy catch!
CP 89-3 (11.3 overs)
OUT! The partnership is broken, Kamran Akmal is gone after scoring 42 off 29 balls after he misses Khalid Usman’s delivery in an attempt to heave it towards midwicket, but gets stumped! Hussain Talat comes in for Central Punjab.
CP 85-2 (10.2 overs)
End of powerplay! After losing the first wicket early, Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal fight back for Central Punjab.
CP 51-1 (6.0 overs)
OUT! Great start for the Iftikhar Ahmed-led unit as Mohammad Akhlaq departed without troubling the scorers.
CP 0-1 (0.2 Over)
Here is Central Punjab’s lineup
Let’s take a look at the staring lineup of the defending champions
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