Sindh’s hopes of securing a spot in the Pakistan Cup final were shattered on Thursday after they fell 40 runs short of Punjab’s 337 for 9 in the last group match of the five-team tournament.
Punjab put up a defensible total on the board thanks to Umar Amin’s second century of the tournament. Arriving at the crease on the first ball of the sixth over when Kamran Akmal fell, Amin struck 99-ball 111, hitting seven fours and seven sixes. Sindh’s pace-bowlers Mir Hamza and Rumman Raees picked up four and three wickets respectively.
In reply, Sindh lost their openers in quick succession and it was their one-drop, Akbar-ur-Rehman, who made valuable contribution of 83 from 92 balls to keep them in contention. However, after he handed a catch to Amin, at deep square-leg, off Bilal Asif Sindh conceded the contest to Punjab. Their defeat means Federal Areas, having five points due to two wins and an abandoned match, meet Balochistan, who have six points with three wins, in the final on Saturday.
It is worth mentioning Balochistan’s only loss in the group-stage came against Federal Areas.