Sami Aslam struck a splendid 169 off 126 balls to help his side chase down Balochistan’s mammoth total of 375 runs with 16 balls spare and kept Federal Areas in contention for a berth in the final.
Aslam, who had made the scores of 46, 7, and 2 in the previous three matches of the five-team tournament, hit 17 fours and five sixes before handing an easy catch to the mid-off fielder off Sohail Tanvir in the 43rd over. However, by then, he had done the job for Federal Areas.
Mohammad Hafeez and captain Imad Wasim made notable contributions of 68 and 69 not out with the bat as Balochistan managed six wickets.
Earlier, Fakhar Zaman, Balochistan’s captain, smacked a belligerent 81-ball 104, his second on the trot. His opening partner Sahibzada Farhan scored his fourth consecutive fifty with 54 off 50 balls. Batting at number four, Agha Salman scored 52, which went down as his second fifty on trot.
This is Balochistan’s first defeat of the tournament, after having won the previous three matches. They have qualified for the final, to be played on Saturday, and Thursday’s match between Sindh and Punjab will determine their opponent.
If the Anwar Ali-led Sindh beat Punjab, who are yet to post a win this tournament, they will qualify for the final, else Federal Areas will secure the spot.