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CAT20: Half-centuries from Mukhtar and Maaz guide Central Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to wins

Faisalabad, 22 September 2022: Central Punjab beat Northern by seven wickets in the 27th fixture of the Cricket Associations T20 2022-23 tournament played at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad on Thursday. In the 28th fixture of the tournament, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Southern Punjab by 14 runs.

Mukhtar Ahmed’s half-century guides Central Punjab to win

Central Punjab’s opening batter Mukhtar Ahmed’s half century (63, 33b, eight fours, four sixes) helped his side to chase a modest 93-run target for the loss of three wickets in the 12th over.

Earlier, after being put into bat, Northern managed to score only 92 for nine in 20 overs. Ali Shafiq, Mohammad Salman Mirza, Mohammad Waheed and Sadaqat Ali bagged two wickets apiece.

Maaz Ahmed Sadaqat’s half-century guides Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 14-run win over Southern Punjab

Opting to bat first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scored 137 for seven in 20 overs on the back of an unbeaten 57-ball 87 from Maaz who struck six fours and four sixes. Southern Punjab’s Majid Ali, Ali Usman and Mohammad Junaid picked two wickets each.

In return, Southern Punjab managed to score only 123 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. Mohammad Umair top-scored with 48.

For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Arshadullah, Ahmed Khan and Mohammad Amir Khan grabbed three wickets each.

Scores in brief:

Central Punjab beat Northern by seven wickets

Northern 92-9, 20 overs (Umer Khan 20; Mohammad Waheed 2-10, Mohammad Salman Mirza 2-10, Sadaqat Ali 2-13, Ali Shafiq 2-20)

Central Punjab 93-3, 11.3 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 63, Abid Ali 18 not out)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Southern Punjab by 14 runs

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 137-7, 20 overs (Maaz Sadaqt 87, Saqib Jamil 18; Ali Usman 2-29, Mohammad Junaid 2-29, Majid Ali 2-31)

Southern Punjab 123-9, 20 overs (Mohammad Umair 48,Ali Usman 27; Mohammad Amir Khan 3-12, Arshadullah 3-15, Ahmed Khan 3-27)