Omar Associates edge K-Electric, Agha Estate stun NBP
In the first quarter-final of the Brighto presents Osaka Naya Nazimabad Ramzan Cup, Omar Associates defeated K-Electric in the last over of the match by 11 runs.
Batting first, Omar Associates posted 162/7 in 20 overs. Usman Khan made quick 80 off 45 deliveries. Omar Associates were 4 down for 77 but a stand between Khurram Shehzad and Usman Khan repaired the innings. Khurram and Asad Shafiq scored 18 each. Left-arm spinner, Sajid Khan got 3 wickets.
In reply, K-Electric lost the current after the fall of 7 wickets for just 37 runs. Captain Hassan Khan and Mohammad Mohsin brought their team back in the hunt. Mohsin got out after 62 off 32 but Hassan Khan stood his ground as K-Electric were left with 18 runs to score in the final over of the innings. Hassan Khan remained not-out on 46 however K-Electric fell short of the target. Right-arm paceman, Khurram Shehzad Jr finished with figures of 5/20.
In the second quarter-final of the night, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) batted first against Agha Estate and piled up 149/7. Kamran Akmal got out for 20 and NBP lost wickets at regular intervals, reduced to 53 for 4 at one stage. Ahsan Ali (53 off 37) held one end and late-order hitting by Ali Imran (40 off 28) gave their side a respectable total. Off-spinner Shorab Baloch took 3 while left-arm spinner, Waseem Qureshi got 2 wickets.
The game was in NBP's pocket as Agha Estate lost the plot with 4 down for just 21 runs. Usman Maya (45 off 35) and Muhammad Sarwar (46 off 48) lit up the hopes of Agha Estate with 84-run partnership. In the penultimate over of the innings, Zeeshan Khan and Waseem Qureshi hammered Ali Imran and escorted their team to touching distance from the target. In the last over, Zeeshan stroked a sixer to clinch a 3-wicket victory with two balls to spare. Shorab Baloch bagged man of the match award.
With the upset loss, NBP's journey in the tournament came to an end.
On the second day of the quarter final stage, Pakistan Currency, Port Qasim, State Bank of Pakistan and Sui Southern Gas Company will be seen in action.