Federal Areas were crowned the champions of the Pakistan Cup 2017 after they sealed the last ball thriller against Balochistan by one wicket at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Needing one off one with only one wicket in hand, Federal Areas’ Sarmad Bhatti smacked Zia-ul-Haq for four through the covers.
Mohammad Hafeez picked up three wickets and struck 83 off 75 balls that bagged him Man-of-the-Match award. The veteran allrounder partnered with Sami Aslam – who scored run-a-ball 109 which went down as his second century on the trot – for 158 runs after opener Abid Ali fell on the last ball of the third over.
Earlier, Balochistan had managed 323 at the loss of nine wickets in their 50 overs with Sahibzada Farhan scoring his first List A century. The 21-year-old had scored fifties throughout the tournament at the top of the order that had formed the basis of Balochistan’s three wins of the tournament. Farhan struck 11 fours and four sixes in his 94-ball 112 before getting bowled by Imad Wasim in the 34th over.
Federal Areas chased down the target of 324 of the last ball of the match to clinch the title. Sarmad delivered the final punch with 1 needed off the last ball, smashing Zia ul Haq through extra-cover.
Federal Areas were 246 for 5 after 40 overs. Sami Aslam fell after scoring a brilliant century while Imad got out pushing to boost the scoring rate. With still five wickets in hand, Federal Areas need 78 in last overs.
Federal Areas were 191 for 3 wickets after 30 overs. Hafeez fell after scoring 83 while Haris Sohail failed to make any impact and fell cheaply. Sami Aslam, not out with run a ball 84, and in-form Imad Wasim hold the key for Federal Areas.
Federal Areas scored 137 for loss of one wicket after the 20 overs in the second innings. After the early loss of Abid Ali, Sami Aslam and Mohammad Hafeez have paced the innings brilliantly with a partnership of 119* for the second wicket, with both batsmen scoring fifties.
Federal Areas were 50 for the loss of one wicket after 10 overs. Chasing a mammoth total of 323, opener Abid Ali fell early into the chase – edging Sohail Tanvir to wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan. Mohammad Hafeez and Sami Aslam have added 32 runs for the second wicket partnership.
A 71-run partnership for the seventh wicket pushed Balochistan to 323 at the end of the first innings. Aamer Yamin scored 47 off 36 balls while Sohail Tanvir smashed 36 off 23 balls to provide Balochistan much-needed late surge. Hafeez claimed 3 wickets, while Zohaib Ahmed, Imad Wasim and Sohail Khan shared two wickets each.
Balochistan were 203 for 4, scoring 68 runs in the last 10 overs. They suffered the loss of Sahibzada Farhan, who scored a brilliant 94-ball 112. After having struck four fifties in the last four matches, Farhan stroked his way to his first List-A century with 11 fours and four sixes. Saad Ali, 27 off 34, returned to the pavilion four overs earlier when he guided Sohail Khan’s short-of-the-length delivery to Ehsan Adil, standing at deep third-man.
Balochistan reached 135 for the loss of 2 wickets after 25 overs. Imad Wasim ended 53-runs second-wicket partnership between Sohaib Maqsood and Sahibzada Farhan as Maqsood top-edged a straight delivery from Imad to short third-man. Saad Ali joined Farhan in the middle, who was not out at 76.
Balochistan were 90 for 1 after 15 overs as Sahibzada Farhan completed his fifth half-century of the tournament in as many games. Farhan was joined by Sohaib Maqsood in the middle after Fakhar Zaman chipped Mohammad Hafeez to mid-off.
Balochistan were 27 without a loss at the end of 5 overs. Skipper Fakhar Zaman and Sahibzada Farhan continued their brilliant form to provide another solid start to Balochistan.
Imad Wasim-led Federal Areas won the toss and chose to bowl in the Final of Pakistan Cup 2017.
Federal Areas made one change, Sarmad Bhatti replacing Mohammad Irfan, while Balochistan brought in Ziaul Haq, Ghulam Mudassar and Saad Ali for the showdown in Rawalpindi.