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In the 7th match of the tournament, winless Punjab finally opens their account as they beat Islamabad comfortably in the end by 30 runs. Right arm fast bowler was the chief demolisher as Amad Butt’s 4 wickets ensured Punjab their first victory of the Pakistan Cup.

 

Shoaib Malik won the toss and decided to bat first after bearing 2 losses in the tournament. The surface was similar that was being used throughout the first day. Punjab had a nervy start as they lost Salman Butt in the 4th over of the innings.

There was a surprise promotion from Punjab side that sent Aamer Yamin at No. 3 position and he did not disappoint. He fell just 1 run short of his exciting fifty. During his innings, he smoked 6 boundaries and was involved in 82 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket with Shan Masood who also played extremely well for his 50 runs. Asad Shafiq’s gutsy 54 runs pushed the total to 213 runs as Punjab kept on losing wickets from the other end.

From Islamabad, 2 of their young guns, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, picked up 2 wickets each but their main striker and the tallest bowler on the planet, Muhammed Irfan was the pick of the bowlers as he conceded 34 runs in his 7.3 overs to get 3 wickets.

Islamabad were off to a rapid start as they scored 45 runs for no loss at the end of 6 overs. However, wickets started to tumble for them as they slumped from 45/0 to 87/7 which means that they lost 7 wickets for just 42 runs in the space of 16.2 overs. Shoaib Malik got 2 big fish, Sharjeel Khan and Kamran Akmal in his 2nd over to trigger the collapse. Amad Butt also joined the party as his most celebrated wicket among the 4 scalps was of Misbah’s who was caught and bowled. Iftikhar Ahmed displayed extraordinary patience and dazzling resilience to help Islamabad cross the line but unfortunately he got out stumped after scoring gutsy 67 runs and Islamabad lost the match by 30 runs courtesy Amad Butt’s 4 wickets.

With this victory, Punjab are still alive in the tournament and they are not yet out but for them to qualify for the final of the Pakistan will take a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts.’ It was a fine game of cricket and for Amad Butt’s 4 wickets; he also received the Man of the Match award.

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