Mohammad Taha guides Sindh to victory against Balochistan

 

Sindh outplayed Balochistan in a low-scoring fixture to finish their round matches with 12 points, Taha guides his side to victory against Balochistan. 

Sindh’s captain Shan Masood won the toss and opted to field. Balochistan openers Abdullah Shafique and Abdul Wahid Bangalzai added 54 runs for the first-wicket, Wahid was the first to go, he was dismissed by leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed for 29 off 30 balls. Abdullah followed Wahid to the dugout at the same score, the right-hander scored 22 off 26 balls.

Balochistan stuttered to 78 for 4 as Ibrahim Snr and Hidayatullah fell cheaply. Umaid Asif was then run out for five with the score at 96 in 18.3 overs.

Skipper Sohail Akhtar who held the innings together played some big shots in the final overs to lift the side to 113 for 5 which despite his efforts was clearly an under par total. Sohail hit one four and two sixes in his 37 off 36 balls.

Abrar was the pick of the Sindh bowlers. In four overs, he took two wickets for a mere 15 runs. Danish Aziz and Rumman Raees took a wicket apiece conceding 14 and 25 runs respectively.

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Teenager batter Mohammad Taha guided Sindh to the 114-run target with a gritty unbeaten 47 off 48 balls in what turned out to be a challenging chase on a spin-friendly pitch. Sindh had lost their seasoned batting trio of Sharjeel Khan, Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood by the time the scored reached 53 in 9 overs.

Danish Aziz provided crucial support to Taha and the two took the side past the target with eight balls and five wickets to spare, the left-handed Danish remained not out on 19 off 18 balls. Off-spinner Mohammad Ibrahim Snr took two wickets for Balochistan.

Brief Scorecard:

Balochistan 113 for 5 in 20 overs (Sohail Akhtar 37 not out, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai 29; Abrar Ahmed 2/15)

Sindh 117 for 5 in 18.4 overs (Mohammad Taha 47 not out, Danish Aziz 19*; Mohammad Ibrahim Snr 2/24)

Player of the match:  Mohammad Taha (Sindh) 

Result: Sindh won by 5 wickets

The writer is a Sports Blogger from Pakistan, also working as an Editor at homeoft20. Apart from homeoft20, he writes on various other platforms. Hamadullah Sohu can be reached at @cricsohu and engr.hamad58@hotmail.com

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