Rawalpindi: Ali Imran (50) and Shadab Khan (48) helped Northern post 160-5 against Southern Punjab (SP) in the first semi-final of National T20 Cup 2020.
While batting first, Northern were off to a decent start with openers Ali and Zeeshan Malik scoring 37 runs in 5.1 overs. Mohammad Abbas bagged Zeeshan in the sixth over to reduce the opponents to 37-1.
The wicket of Zeeshan puta little pressure on the team but Imran stood solid in front of the bowlers. The right-handed batsman struck four boundaries and three sixes. Haider Ali with the help of a boundary scored 18 runs off 17 balls.
Imad (19) and Shadab (48) partnered for a fifth-wicket partnership and scored 56 runs together. Shadab smashed four boundaries and three sixes during his stay at the crease. Rohail struck a boundary to finish things off style for Northern.
For SP, Zahid Mehmood bagged three wickets for 28 runs while Mohammad Abbas took a wicket for 32 runs.