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Danish Aziz heroics helps Sindh pull off miraculous heist against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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Danish Aziz heroics helps Sindh pull off miraculous heist against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Danish Aziz played an exhilarating knock for the ages to power Sindh to an astonishing two-wicket win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a last-ball thriller.

Danish lifted Sindh from the depths of overwhelming despair at 34-7 to smash a majestic innings that got his team over the finishing line in dramatic fashion.

The left-handed batsman faced a stiff task of overhauling 19 runs off the final over to set up an improbable win for Sindh.

He began strongly with an elegant swat over extra cover to fetch a boundary off Iftikhar Ahmed, who opted to bowl medium-pace instead of his usual off-spin.

The next two balls turned out to be dot deliveries, mounting pressure on the youngster but Danish held his cool and unleashed meaty slogs on the following balls.

With 15 required off three, Danish blasted a glorious six and subsequently hit a four to bring the equation down to five from the very last ball of the game.

Iftikhar then missed the blockhole by a narrow margin allowing Danish to get the elevation and launch a muscular hit down the ground beyond the boundary rope sparking jubilant celebrations from the Sindh camp.

Danish's spectacular effort was accompanied by a marvellous contribution from all-rounder Anwar Ali, with whom he shared a 77-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Anwar hit three fours in his 32-ball 33 while Danish struck four sixes and eight boundaries in his remarkable feat.

Anwar's demise was caused by a superhuman grab from KP skipper Mohammad Rizwan in the penultimate over when he significantly leapt in the air to pull off a blinder.

KP's innings too followed a similar when their stuttering batting display was injected by a dosage of aggression from the unlikely protagonist Usman Shinwari.

The tail-ender deposited the ball outside the fence on three occasions and accumulated 36 runs in his blazing 15-ball cameo.

KP found it hard to negotiate Sohail Khan's nagging lines as the veteran seamer gave away only 12 runs in his four overs including a maiden and snaffled three wickets.

Shinwari's batting heroics were followed by a destructive spell of bowling to dismantle Sindh's middle-order. The left-arm paceman scythed through the line-up alongside the in-form Shaheen Afridi as the two shared four wickets between them and conceded 43 runs in a total of eight overs.

All of the hard yards put in the KP's pace attack was undone by Danish's sizzling knock since KP were troubled by the absence of a proper fifth bowler.