In the ongoing Pakistan T20 Blind Cricket Trophy, Islamabad, Lahore, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Bahawalpur all won their first round matches.
In the first match, Anees Javed’s outstanding all-round effort helped Islamabad beat Gujranwala by 115 runs.
Islamabad batted first and set a massive target of 228 runs in the allocated 20 overs, owing to Anees’ incredible 135-run effort. He faced only 72 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries, including two sixes.
Gujranwala scored 112 runs before being bowled out in the 18th over while chasing a huge total. Talha Iqbal, the team’s leading scorer, put in a valiant effort with a 33-run knock.
For Islamabad, Anees, Shahzeb Haider, Yasir Malik, and Syed Kashan each took two wickets.
In the first round’s second match, the AJK defeated Peshawar by four runs in a high-scoring nail-biter.
AJK batted first and amassed a massive total of 229/4 on the back of national team captain Nisar Ali’s scorching century, which he scored off 57 deliveries and included 17 boundaries.
Mohsin Khan was the standout of the Peshawar bowlers, taking two wickets for 34 runs.
In reply, Peshawar did not back down and fought hard, as Mohsin and Sanaullah Khan batted brilliantly to keep their chances alive, but they were only four runs shy of leading their team to victory.
Mohsin scored 82 runs off 53 deliveries, but Sanaullah responded with a magnificent 81 off 42 balls. Peshawar could only manage 225 runs in 20 overs for the loss of two wickets, losing the high-scoring thriller by four runs.
For AJK, skipper Nisar and Habib Taj each took one wicket.
Lahore thrashed Okara by eight wickets in another encounter after a clinical run chase.
Set a goal of 176 in 20 overs, the team smashed the target in the 12th over for the cost of only two wickets.
Matiullah scored 85 runs off 38 balls, including 12 boundaries and a six, to keep his position as the team’s leading scorer. Muhammad Salman also contributed a half-century, scoring 50 runs off only 17 balls.
Iftikhar Tiger was Okara’s lone bowler to take a wicket.
Following a dominant run-chase in the fourth round of the first round, Bahawalpur secured their first victory of the tournament.
The team chased down the 133-run mark in in 10.5 overs, losing only one wicket. Moeen Aslam thrashed the bowlers for an unbroken 78 runs off just 37 balls, including 11 boundaries and a six, in the run chase.