Danish Aziz’s all-round show hands Karachi Whites their first Super 8 stage win

By our correspondent
KARACHI: Karachi Whites emerged on top against Lahore Blues at National Bank Stadium in Karachi in the fourth match of the National T20 Cup’s Super Eight stage, which commenced today. Karachi Whites bowlers outclassed the Lahore Blues batting line-up, as the latter could only manage 145 while chasing 165, losing the game by a margin of 19 runs.

Lahore Blues had a disappointing day with the bat as the side was all out in 19.4 overs. Lahore’s top-order collectively failed to show up, as the side got off to a faltering start crashing to 36-7. Hashim Ibrahim’s knock of 22 from 19, including three fours, allowed a semblance of stability in the chase while wickets kept falling on the other end.

Veterans Umaid Asif (24, 18b, 1×6) and Kashif Bhatti (50, 45b, 6x4s, 2x6s) stitched together a partnership of 61 to rebuild the innings. Usman Qadir (13 not out, 5b, 1×4, 1×6) and Hunain Shah (12, 3b, 2x6s) played fiery cameos at the fag end of the innings but their efforts came too late in the chase.

Left-arm spinner Danish Aziz and left-arm fast bowler Ghulam Mudassar took three wickets apiece. They were helped by right-arm pacer Aftab Ibrahim, who picked up two wickets as well.

Earlier, after losing the toss, Karachi Whites were put into bat first. The Asad Shafiq-led side scored 164-9 in the allotted 20 overs. Wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan, who scored 41 from 22 balls including five fours and two sixes, was the highest run-getter for his side. Ammad Alam (28, 17b, 3x4s, 2x6s) and Danish Aziz (24, 28b, 3x4s) also chipped in with crucial runs to take Karachi Whites to a defendable total.

Right-arm pacers Hunain Shah and Nisar Ahmad returned with three wickets each.

Scores in brief:

Karachi Whites beat Lahore Blues by 19 runs

Karachi Whites 164-9, 20 overs (Azam Khan 41, Ammad Alam 28, Danish Aziz 24; Nisar Ahmad 3-22, Hunain Shah 2-38)

Lahore Blues 145 all out, 19.4 overs (Kashif Bhatti 50, Umaid Asif 24, Hashim Ibrahim 22; Danish Aziz 3-19, Ghulam Mudassar 3-36, Aftab Ibrahim 2-45, Arif Yaqoob 1-18, Sohail Khan 1-29)

Player of the match – Danish Aziz (Karachi Whites)

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