The vastly experienced Shoaib Malik was at the helm of Southern Punjab’s batting charge in the semi-final encounter against Balochistan. Days after being overlooked for selection in the national side for the Australia tour, Malik delivered a brilliant performance that helped his side register a competitive total.
The 37-year-old was involved in a terrific 72-run stand for the third wicket with fellow half-centurion Mohammad Hafeez. Unleashing a range of delectable strokes, Malik scored 64 runs from 40 deliveries before perishing on the last ball of the penultimate over of the innings.
En route his brilliant knock, Malik smashed two maximums and six boundaries, once again showing why he is rated among the top white-ball players in the world. Malik had announced his retirement from ODI cricket following the World Cup but is still keen on representing Pakistan in T20 internationals.