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Danish Aziz half-century, Hassan Khan blitz eclipse Babar Azam 86
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Danish Aziz half-century, Hassan Khan blitz eclipse Babar Azam 86

Danish Aziz rescued Sindh with a terrific half-century to outwit Babar Azam's masterful innings as Central Punjab crashed to their fifth defeat of the tournament.

Danish bludgeoned a total of five fours and three sixes in his electrifying 32-ball stay at the crease that yielded a valuable contribution of 59 runs.

Sindh had stumbled to 53 for four with left-arm paceman Waqas Maqsood causing most of the destruction before Danish stitched a resilient partnership in the company of the equally attacking Azam Khan.

Following the departure of Azam for a 23-ball 32, Danish put on a sizzling 57-run stand that lifted Sindh within sights of the challenging 171-run target.

Hassan superbly played the role of the aggressor by depositing the ball beyond the boundary rope for four times in his 15-ball cameo, adding 36 runs to Sindh's tally.

Although Hassan and Anwar Ali's wickets threatened to derail Sindh's progress, Danish made sure to ace the finishing job and get his team over the line with three wickets and five balls to spare.

The win allows Sindh to retain their fourth spot on the six-team table with four points from six games whereas Central Punjab have two wins from seven matches and an inferior net run-rate compared to their archrivals.

Waqas, who replaced the injured Naseem Shah in the Central Punjab line-up, was the pick of the bowlers for his team and bagged three wickets for 14 runs in 3.1 overs.

In the batting department, it was once again the Babar Azam show on display for Central Punjab as the elegant right-hander amassed his second fifty in two days.

Having scored 86 not out against Northern on Friday in his first game in National T20 Cup 2020, Babar hammered the same amount of runs but was dismissed this time.

He rode his luck throughout his fantastic knock since he was dropped twice in the first 13 balls before settling in and driving his team's charge at a rapid rate.

There were no significant contributions apart from Babar's 53-ball 86 as Central Punjab got to 170-6 in their 20 overs.

Sohail troubled them the most as he accounted for the scalps of Kamran Akmal, Babar and Saad Nasim.