SIN vs SP, 28th Match, National T20 Cup 2020, 15 Oct 2020

(20 ov)
(16.4 ov)

Southern Punjab won by 70 runs

Southern Punjab recovered from a disastrous start to the game to eventually thrash Sindh by a significant margin of 70 runs in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

The victory ensured by a sensational stand between Khushdil Shah and Sohaib Maqsood, and an incisive bowling display keeps Southern Punjab alive in the competition.

SP had slipped to 9-3 in the fourth over of their innings when part-timer Danish Aziz accounted for the scalps of Hussain Talat and skipper Shan Masood in the Powerplay.

With their backs against the wall, Maqsood and Khushdil launched a breathtaking assault that lifted their side out of the deep rubble.

The two batsmen both reached their respective attacking half-centuries and added 120 runs for the fourth wicket in just 65 balls.

While Maqsood (67) and Khushdil (53) departed in quick succession before the advent of the death overs, Zeeshan Ashraf and Aamer Yamin saw Southern Punjab through to a mammoth total of 191-6.

The bulk of batsmen's wrath was piled on Anwar Ali and Hassan Khan as the two collectively conceded 105 runs in their eight overs.

Although Southern Punjab lay in a relatively comfortable position at the end of the first innings, doubts still lingered over the ability of their inexperienced bowling line-up since they possess the worst economy rate this season.

These apprehensions were buried courtesy of stellar performances from leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood and right-arm paceman Mohammad Ilyas.

Sindh's reputed power-hitters struggled for fluency over the course of the chase and could not provide the necessary impetus to keep the team in the contest.

The end was hastened by the departure of the well-set Khurram Manzoor for 49, following which Southern Punjab wrapped up a commandeering 71-run triumph.

The final round-robin match between SP and Balochistan thus serves as a virtual playoff for the semi-finals with Central Punjab also coming into the equation if the battle for the No. 4 spot in the table comes down to net run rate.

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