Karachi, January 8, 2021: The fifth edition of Pakistan Cup has started in Karachi. The ODI tournament is being played in Port City for the first time.
Southern Punjab and Sindh will compete at the SBP Stadium and the match will be broadcast. Northern will face Balochistan at UBL Sports Complex. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Central Punjab were jointly entitled to the trophy after a thrilling match in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Now the two teams will face each other at the NBP Sports Complex. Will come to the fore.
Review of previous editions by statistician Mazhar Arshad:
The most successful team
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federal Areas have won the tournament twice, making them the most successful teams in the short history of the tournament.
In 2016, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the first edition in Faisalabad and the second edition was in Rawalpindi in the 2019 edition. Thus, the Federal Areas team won in Rawalpindi in 2017 and Faisalabad in 2018.
Federal Areas won 8 of 13 matches in the tournament, averaging 61.54, the highest of any team.
The highest and lowest total
The Pakistan Cup has the distinction of being the highest scoring tournament in the world, with 37 matches in four years in which 300 or more runs have been scored.
So far, the highest score in the tournament was scored by Sindh team 385/4 against Federal team in 2019.
The target of 350 plus has been achieved three times in the tournament. In 2017, Federal Areas achieved the target of 376 against Balochistan. Balochistan had achieved the target of 373 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against Faisalabad in 2018 and Punjab in 2018. Had scored 366 runs against Balochistan.
Once in the history of the tournament, a total of 100 runs is also given. In 2018, in Faisalabad, Sindh team returned to the pavilion for a total of 93 runs against Federal Area Z.
The most successful batsman
Khurram Manzoor, who is part of the Sindh team for the 2020-20 season, is the only batsman to have scored more than 1,000 runs in the tournament.
Khurram Manzoor, 34, scored 1148 runs at an average of 82.00 and a strike rate of 122.12, followed by Iftikhar Ahmed who scored 906 runs at an average of 64.71.
Khurram Manzoor is also the batsman who has scored the most 6 centuries in Pakistan Cup
Iftikhar Ahmed is second on the list with four centuries.
44 centuries have been scored in the tournament
Khurram Manzoor has the distinction of scoring the fastest century. He scored 100 off 56 balls while playing for Sindh in Rawalpindi in 2017 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Khushdal Shah of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scored centuries against Sindh off 65 balls and Punjab against 66 balls. These are the second and third fastest centuries in the list.
Best strike rate
Asif Ali has scored 453 runs at an average of 64.71 and a strike rate of 129.42. This is the highest strike rate of any batsman who has scored more than 400 runs.
The Northern batsman has also scored two centuries.
After Asif Ali, the best strike rate is Kamran Akmal 127.41, Khushdal Shah 125.14 and Khurram Manzoor 122.12.
Sohaib Maqsood and Iftikhar Ahmed are the top six batsmen in the tournament. Both batsmen hit 26, 26 sixes. Sohaib Maqsood scored 30.77% from sixes. He scored 509 runs.
Then comes Akmal Brothers who hit 25 sixes. He is followed by Asif Ali and Khurram Mantoor who hit 24, 24 sixes.
The most successful bowler of the tournament is Zia-ul-Haq who has taken 24 wickets at an average of 24.45.
Off-spinner Bilal Asif comes in second with 23 wickets at an average of 35.17.
Omar Gul of Balochistan, who retired at the end of the National Twenty20, took 22 wickets at an average of 32.04 in the Pakistan Cup.
Most five wickets
Seven bowlers have taken five wickets, but one bowler has taken six wickets in an innings. Waqas Maqsood, a member of the Central Punjab team, has the best bowling record of the tournament. The left-arm bowler was a Federal Areas bowler when he set the record. He took six wickets for 63 runs against Balochistan in Faisalabad in 2018.
Six bowlers have taken five wickets in alphabetical order including Muhammad Amir 5/36, Amir Yameen 5/77, Imran Khan 5/57, Fahim Ashraf 5/45, Usman Shinwari 5/51 and Wahab Riaz 5. / 52 included.
Left-arm spinner Emad Wasim, who has bowled at least 20 overs, has been the most economical bowler, scoring 157 runs in 35 overs with an economy of 4.48.
This is followed by Usman Shinwari 4.56, Wahab Riaz 4.60, Mohammad Amir 4.68 and Khalid Usman 4.92.
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