We have had our first close game and it was mighty close. Sindh falling two runs short as Umaid Asif successfully defended 11 off the last over.
Haris Sohail opted to bat and last year’s runners up looked good for a total over 200 but Hasnain removed the dangerous Awais Zia for 25. Imam-ul-Haq didn’t last long as he was run out for 10 off just 11 deliveries.
Imran Butt got a start but perished for only 18, leaving Haris and wicket-keeper Batsman Bismillah khan to do the scoring as they built up a 67-run partnership before the captain got run-out in an unfortunate misunderstanding.
Three balls later Bismillah’s outstanding knock came to end as Sohail Khan got the better of him. Balochistan’s late order managed to take the team to 180, which considering yesterdays’ games seemed below par.
Mohammad Hasnain was the pick of the bowlers for Sindh as he got 2 wickets for 31 runs in his 4 overs, while Sohail Khan, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Asghar got one each.
Much was expected from Sindh’s batsmen as Sharjeel Khan and Khurram Manzoor - top scorer in tournament’s history came out to open the innings. However, it was Amad Butt who was on top form and brought Balochistan back into the game with three wickets of his own dismissing Khurram, Saud and captain Sarfaraz as none of them capitalized on the starts they got.
Asad Shafiq tried his best for a 25-ball 32 but Sindh needed almost 12 runs per over in the last 7 overs. Sohail Khan – known for his power hitting did his absolute best but failed to achieve three runs from last two balls as Umaid Asif held his nerve after conceding a six off the fourth ball to knock Sindh down and get his team off to a winning start.