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Clinical Northern thump Balochistan to clinch National T20 Cup title
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Clinical Northern thump Balochistan to clinch National T20 Cup title

Northern marched to victory in a one-sided contest against Balochistan as a sublime half-century from Umar Amin and an emphatic bowling display saw them claim the National T20 Cup title.

The Imad Wasim-led Northern choked Balochistan's batting lineup that fell short by an expansive margin of 52 runs in pursuit of the 168-run target.

Contrary to the captivating last-ball finishes in the semi-final clashes on Wednesday, the jam-packed Iqbal Stadium witnessed a rather limp finale where Balochistan merely managed 115 all out in the second innings, failing to bat out the entire quota of 20 overs.

Following a supreme new-ball spell from Sohail Tanvir that saw the back of Imam-ul-Haq and Bismillah Khan to the pavilion, Balochistan's hopes were reignited by a steady stand from Awais Zia and Imran Farhat.

However, the senior duo's partnership did not meet the demands of the climbing asking rate and their departure increased pressure on the remaining batsmen.

Shadab Khan's key scalps of Farhat and skipper Haris Sohail stalled their progress and exposed Balochistan's long tail.

Amad Butt, star of the semi-final win against Southern Punjab, thwacked a massive six off Tanvir in the 15th over briefly giving his side's dugout something to cheer about but the wickets kept tumbling.

Mohammad Nawaz returned to snaffle the last two scalps in successive deliveries to finish the match.

Earlier, Amin's batting charge upfront punished the Balochistan bowlers before Shadab and Nawaz ended Northern's innings with a flurry of boundaries to help them reach an imposing total.

The slow nature of the Faisalabad surface meant Northern had more than enough on the board as they made 167-5 in their 20 overs following a 58-run stand in 32 balls between the two all-rounders.

Amin, whose 38-ball 60 featured three maximums, was adjudged player of the match for his regal knock.

Northern were table-toppers in the group stage and their dominant performance against the opponents on Thursday reaffirmed this status.