National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Port Qasim Authority (PQA) comfortably won their games against Rehman Foundation and KK Panthers respectively.
Opting to bat first against Rehman Foundation, NBP were pushed in a spot of bother by Inam Javed by dismissing captain Shan Masood and Ahsan Ali cheaply. Kamran Akmal stood his ground and cut loose after a steady start to his innings. The wicket-keeper batsman hammered the ball in all corners of the field, scoring 93 off 57 balls with 9 fours and 6 sixes.
Kamran Ghulam’s cameo in the end propelled the NBP’s final tally to 197 for 5. Ramiz Raja Jr and Umer Siddiq chipped in with 29 and 27 respectively.
In reply, Rehman Foundation only had three notable contributions while the rest of the batting line didn’t disturb the scorers much. The team bundled out for 148 with Shahbaz Javed (39), Yawar Bashir (37) & Tariq Nawaz (21) being the prominent batsmen.
Kamran Akmal was declared the man of the match.
The second game of the day also turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) came hard on a relatively inexperienced KK Panthers.
Batting first, the PQA took control of the proceedings from the onset. Captain Khurram Manzoor was the first wicket to fall on 60 and later the proceedings were dominated by Haris Ali Khan & M Waqas Sr who dragged the score to 142. Haris and Waqas scored 60 runs each and PQA accumulated 180 from 20 overs.
The PQA continued to dominate with the ball as well. KK Panthers never recovered from frequent blows. Faraz Aziz, batting at No 8, showed some resilience in a lost cause, with 23 runs. KK Panthers managed to survive till the 19th over with 108 runs to their credit. Shoaib Khan, Tabish Khan, Touheed Khan and Waleed Ahmed bagged two wickets each. M Waqar Sr was declared the man of the match.