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Yasir Khan scores maiden T20 century for Rawalpindi, Iftikhar Ahmed's all-round performance takes Peshawar over the line

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Karachi, 2 December, 2023: Iftikhar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir and Yasir Khan showed up  with the bat for their respective teams to take all important points on day two of Super Eight stage of AH Group Presents Jazz Super 4G National T20 Cup 2023-24. The first three games of the day had a lot of entertainment at offer at three venues in Karachi. Match four of the Day two of Super-Eight Stage is set to begin at 2000 PKT, to be played between Abbottabad and Sialkot. The toss will take place at 1930 PKT.

Peshawar vs Karachi Whites at UBL Sports Complex, Karachi

Iftikhar Ahmed-led Peshawar registered their second consecutive triumph of the Super-Eight stage as they beat Karachi Whites by 56 runs. After being asked to bat first, Peshawar got off to a disappointing start as the in-form opening batter Mohammad Haris fell for a golden duck. Soon, Karachi Whites reduced Peshawar to 43 for three when skipper Iftikhar (72 not out, 45b, 2x6s, 9x4s) was joined in the middle by Adil Amin (75 not out, 44b, 4x6s, 6x4s). Both the batters combined to yield a partnership of 143 taking Peshawar to a total of 186.

In reply, Karachi got off to a bad start as Mohammad Ilyas dismissed Khurram Manzoor for a 3-ball duck. Ammad Alam (32, 27b, 2x6s, 3x4s) and Omair Bin Yousuf (24, 13b, 2x6s, 2x4s) put on a partnership of 56 runs for Karachi Whites after the early blow but then the Asad Shafiq-side lost nine wickets at the expense of just 74 runs. Iftikhar led from front with the ball as well and eked out three vital wickets. For his heroics with both bat and ball Iftikhar was declared player of the match.

Lahore Whites vs Lahore Blues at NBP Sports Complex, Karachi

The second day  of Super-Eight Stage also saw the Lahore derby as Lahore Whites locked horns with Lahore Blues at NBP Sports Complex. Lahore Blues managed to post a total of 148 in the allotted 20 overs after Lahore Whites won the toss and elected to bowl first. After a decent start to their innings, Lahore Blues lost wickets at regular intervals. Wicketkeeper batter Junaid Ali coming in to bat at number six, played a vital knock of 34 runs with the help of six boundaries.

Lahore Whites, in pursuit of the target, lost two early wickets. Umaid Asif struck with the new ball leaving them two for two. Opener Imran Dogar (45, 29b, 2x6s, 5x4s), playing his maiden T20 game, kept his calm and combined with Tayyab Tahir (67 not out, 54b, 1x6s, 5x4s) to take Lahore Whites out of trouble. With Tayyab Tahir holding one end, Lahore Blues struck thrice after Imran Dogar’s departure but failed to defend the total. Lahore Whites sealed the triumph with five wickets in bag and one ball to spare.

Rawalpindi vs FATA at National Bank Stadium, Karachi

Rawalpindi made it two wins out of two games in the Super-Eight stage as they thrashed FATA at the National Bank Stadium, Karachi. Rawalpindi made no fuss in chasing FATA’s total of 168 courtesy of a brilliant hundred by the opener Yasir Khan.

Earlier, FATA lost their openers in batting powerplay as they were put in to bat by Rawalpindi’s captain Shadab Khan. Barring Salman Khan Jnr (83, 52b, 3x6s, 8x4s), no other FATA batter managed to convert their starts. Meanwhile, towards the end of innings Asif Afridi chipped in with a unbeaten cameo of 16 from nine balls, including a six and a four, to help FATA post a respectable total. Zaman Khan impressed with three wickets including a hat-trick chance.

Rawalpindi lost Zeeshan Malik early in the chase but aggressing batting by  opener Yasir Khan (107, 59b, 8x6s, 8x4s) combined with Umar Amin’s (48, 38b, 1x6s, 4x4s) efforts with the bat allowed a massive partnership of 154 runs, outfoxing FATA. Except for skipper Khushdil Shah and Azaz Khan, all other FATA bowlers leaked runs at more the eight an over. Yasir Khan’s maiden T20 hundred not just took Rawalpindi home but also fetched him player of the match award.

Scores in brief:

Peshawar beat Karachi Whites by 56 runs at UBL Sports Complex, Karachi

Peshawar 186-3, 20 overs (Adil Amin 75 not out, Iftikhar Ahmed 72 not out; Ghulam Mudassar 1-39, Arif Yaqoob 1-40, Sohail Khan 1-41)

Karachi Whites 130 all out, 20 overs (Sohail Khan 34 not out, Ammad Alam 32; Iftikhar Ahmed 3-17, Mohammad Imran 3-31, Azam Khan 2-28, Mohammad Ilyas 1-26, Niaz Khan 1-28)

Player of the match – Iftikhar Ahmed (Peshawar)

Lahore whites beat Lahore Blues by five wickets at NBP Sports Complex, Karachi

Lahore Blues 148-5, 20 overs (Junaid Ali 34 not out, Qasim Akram 27, Hussain Talat 24  Mohammad Naveed 2-36, Saad Nasim 1-15, Imran Dogar 1-21, Mohammad Rameez Jnr 1-27)

Lahore Whites 149-5, 19.5 overs (Tayyab Tahir 67 not out, Imran Dogar 45; Umaid Asif 2-26, Qasim Akram 1-6, Nisar Ahmed 1-26, Usman Qadir 1-30)

Player of the match – Tayyab Tahir (Lahore Whites)

Rawalpindi beat FATA by seven wickets at National Bank Stadium, Karachi

FATA 168-7, 20 overs (Salman Khan Jnr 83 not out, Khushdil Shah 19; Zaman Khan 3-25, Kashif Ali 1-16, Jahandad Khan 1-39, Shadab Khan 1-40)

Rawalpindi 169-3, 18.2 overs (Yasir Khan 107, Umar Amin 48; Shahid Aziz 2-38, Irfanullah Shah 1-26)

Player of the match – Yasir Khan (Rawalpindi)