In the first quarter-final of the Brighto presents Osaka Naya Nazimabad Ramzan Cup, Omar Associates defeated K-Electric in the last over of the match by 11 runs.
Batting first, Omar Associates posted 162/7 in 20 overs. Usman Khan made quick 80 off 45 deliveries. Omar Associates were 4 down for 77 but a stand between Khurram Shehzad and Usman Khan repaired the innings. Khurram and Asad Shafiq scored 18 each. Left-arm spinner, Sajid Khan got 3 wickets.
In reply, K-Electric lost the current after the fall of 7 wickets for just 37 runs.
Captain Hassan Khan and Mohammad Mohsin brought their team back in the hunt. Mohsin got out after 62 off 32 but Hassan Khan stood his ground as K-Electric were left with 18 runs to score in the final over of the innnings. Hassan Khan remained not-out on 46 however K-Electric fell short of the target.
Right-arm paceman, Khurram Shehzad Jr finished with figures of 5/20. Usman Khan and Khurram Shehzad Jr were declared joint men of the match.
In the second quarter-final of the night, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) used the strip first against Agha Estate, and pilled up 149/7. Kamran Akmal got out for 20 and NBP lost wickets at regular intervels and were 53 for 4. Ahsan Ali (53 off 37) held one end and late-order hitting by Ali Imran(40 off 28) gave respectibilty to the total. Off-spinner Shorab Baloch 3, left-arm spinner, Waseem Qureshi got 2 wickets.
The game was in NBP’s pocket as Agha Estate lost the plot with 4 down for just 21 runs. Usman Maya (45 off 35) and Muhammad Sarwar (46 off 48) lit up the hopes of Agha Estate with 84-run partenership. In the penaltimate over of the innings, Zeeshan Khan and Waseem Qureshi hammered Ali Imran and escorted their team to touching distance from the target. In the last over, bowled by Ghulam Madassir, Zeeshan stroked a sixer, to clinch 3-wicket victory, with 2 balls to spare. Shorab Baloch bagged man of the match award.
With the upset loss, NBP’s journey in the tournament has come to and end.
On the second day of the quarter final stage, Pakistan Currency, Port Qasim, State Bank of Pakistan and Sui Southern Gas Company will be seen in action.