Sindh got off the mark in the ongoing Pakistan Cup after rain helped them to their first win of the tournament against Federal Areas on Thursday. A blistering start to the chase by Khurram Manzoor and Asif Zakir saw Sindh 44 runs ahead of the D/L Target in 26.2 overs. Sindh had scored 157 for 1 – Manzoor, who had scored a belligerent 30-ball 51 hitting six fours and two sixes, being the only wicket - at almost 6 an over.
Zakir struck an unbeaten 54 from 67 balls and Akbar-ur-Rehman posted 43 not out from 61 balls.
Federal Areas, who had opted to bat after winning the toss, put up 284 for 8 in 50 overs, a large chunk of which was scored by the Man-of-the-Match Harris Sohail. After the opening pair - comprising of Sami Aslam and Abid Ali - was back in the pavilion by the sixth over, Sohail struck a magnificent 116-ball 117 with 10 fours and four sixes.
He forged two 50-plus partnerships with Mohammad Hafeez (23 off 41) and Hussain Talat (26 off 38) in the middle-order that formed the basis for a respectable total. A 47-run stand at 11.46 runs per over by Sohail Khan (29 off 15) and Hasan Khan (28 off 20) for the eighth-wicket ensured that the job was done.
Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa play on Friday.