Balochistan secured a table-topping win over strong Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup fixture at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium. Balochistan’s task was made easy by stellar batting performances from Bismillah Khan and Awais Zia, with the latter bagging the man of the match prize.
Awais has been the leading run-getter for his side, having already accumulated two half-centuries. He guided Balochistan to a competitive total of 164/8 in their allotted 20 overs by smashing 53 off 43 balls.
The southpaw also struck two sixes and four boundaries during his vital contribution. His nifty stroke play often put the pressure back on the Central Punjab bowlers. The 33-year-old has previously donned national colors in five T20I games having made his debut in 2012.