Bowlers guide Karachi Whites to their second win

By our correspodnent
KARACHI: Karachi Whites, coming off a loss of 56 runs against Peshawar the previous day, bounced back by defeating Lahore Whites by 63 runs at the National Bank Stadium in the 12th match of the Super Eight stage of the AH Group Presents Jazz Super 4G National T20 Cup.

Lahore Whites won the toss and elected to field first. Khurram Manzoor, who opened the batting for the team, laid a solid foundation by hitting a half-century (50, 37b, 9x4s). Aggressive batting by the two youngsters, Omair Bin Yousuf (43, 25b, 3x4s, 3x6s) and Azam Khan (21, 13b, 2x4s, 1×6), helped surge the total to 173-7 in 20 overs.

Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rameez Jnr and Mohammad Amir Khan returned with two wickets each whereas Mohammad Naveed had a wicket to his name.

Lahore Whites had an abysmal outing with the bat as none of the batters could build their innings sufficiently to achieve the target. The side lost wickets at regular intervals and stood at 62-6 at the halfway mark of the innings.

Tayyab Tahir (36, 27b, 6x4s) was the top-scorer for Lahore, followed by Mohammad Irfan who scored an unbeaten 27 from 17, including three fours and a six.

The Karachi Whites bowling attack came out all gun blazing. Each bowler returned with at least a wicket, as Lahore Whites were bundled out for 110 in 16.5 overs. Sohail Khan grabbed three wickets while Shahnawaz Dahani, Ghulam Mudassar and Danish Aziz got two wickets apiece. Arif Yaqoob picked up a wicket as well.

For his contribution with the bat, Khurram Manzoor was awarded player of the match.

Scores in brief:

Karachi Whites beat Lahore Whites by 63 runs

Karachi Whites 173-7, 20 overs (Khurram Manzoor 50, Omair Bin Yousuf 43, Azam Khan 21, Habibullah 21; Mohammad Irfan 2-15, Mohammad Rameez Jnr 2-28, Mohammad Amir Khan 2-38, Mohammad Naveed 1-30)

Lahore Whites 110 all out, 16.5 overs (Tayyab Tahir 36, Mohammad Irfan 27 not out; Sohail Khan 3-19, Danish Aziz 2-18, Ghulam Mudassar 2-21, Shahnawaz Dahani 2-24, Arif Yaqoob 1-27)

Player of the match – Khurram Manzoor (Karachi Whites)

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