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Riffatullah stars as Sialkot exit

Riffatullah stars as Sialkot exit

RAWALPINDI: Peshawar rode on a blazing innings from their old guard Riffatullah Mohmand to outgun Sialkot in the second semi-final of the Cool & Cool presents Haier Mobile T20 Cup by five wickets at the Pindi Cricket Stadium late on Monday night.

The six-time winners Sialkot had posted 169-7 after they were asked to bat under lights when Peshawar skipper Zohaib Khan had won the toss. The target was made ridiculously simple by the flashing bat of Riffatullah who played the knock of his life to score 78 of the 128 runs Peshawar had collected while he was at the crease.

Batting with aggression, the 38-year-old right-hander spanked five sixes and six fours during his 51-ball stay before Pakistan wicket-keeper/batsman Mohammad Rizwan provided the finishing touches with a calculated undefeated contribution of 47 from 32 deliveries (four fours and one six) as Peshawar emerged deserving victors with eight balls to spare.




Sialkot’s cause was not helped by the early dismissal of their long-time skipper Shoaib Malik. The ex-national captain was brilliantly caught by Peshawar counterpart Zohaib off his own bowling for just one run.

Mukhtar Ahmed struck four boundaries and one six in making 34 off 24 balls, but when he was deceived by a slower delivery from left-armer Imran Khan Jr, Sialkot suffered a mid-innings slide as they stumbled to 92-5 in the 13th over.

However, senior Malik’s younger brother Adeel Malik came to Sialkot’s rescue with a maiden T20 half-century. The 29-year-old right-hander came at the fall of second wicket to remain unbeaten until the end on a 46-ball 70 that included seven fours and three sixes.

Veteran wicket-keeper Shakeel Ansar (20 off 14 balls, two sixes) partnered Adeel in a sixth-wicket stand of 62 but Peshawar controlled the game well as Imran Jr took 2-34.

Israrullah and Iftikhar Ahmed went cheaply in the chase before Riffatullah and Rizwan seized the initiative in a partnership of 79.

Surprisingly, the senior Malik didn’t bring himself on while the rest of his bowlers were belted all over the place by man-of-the-match Riffatullah.

Scoreboard

SIALKOT:

Nauman Anwar lbw b Imran Sr 6

Mukhtar Ahmed run out 34

Bilal Asif c Fayyaz b Imran Jr 20

Adeel Malik not out 70

Shoaib Malik c and b Zohaib 1

Haris Sohail c Iftikhar b Adil 8

Shakeel Ansar run out 20

Bilawal Bhatti not out 5

EXTRAS (LB-1, W-3, NB-1) 5

TOTAL (for seven wkts, 20 overs) 169

FALL OF WKTS: 1-6, 2-44, 3-72, 4-73, 5-92, 6-154, 7-169.

DID NOT BAT: Usama Mir, Ammad Butt, Hasan Ali.

BOWLING: Imran Khan Sr 4-0-43-1; Shah Faisal 4-0-34-0 (1nb, 1w); Imran Khan Jr 4-0-34-2; Adil Amin 2-0-18-1 (1w); Zohaib Khan 4-0-20-1 (1w); Iftikhar Ahmed 2-0-19-0.

PESHAWAR:

Riffatullah Mohmand b Ammad 78

Israrullah c Bilawal b Ammad 3

Iftikhar Ahmed c Malik b Bilal 16

Mohammad Rizwan not out 47

Musadiq Ahmed c Haris b Bilawal 8

Mohammad Fayyaz c Bilal b Hasan 4

Zohaib Khan not out 4

EXTRAS (LB-4, W-3, NB-3) 10

TOTAL (for five wkts, 18.4 overs) 170

FALL OF WKTS: 1-7, 2-49, 3-128, 4-137, 5-155.

DID NOT BAT: Adil Amin, Imran Khan Sr, Imran Khan Jr, Shah Faisal.

BOWLING: Hasan Ali 4-0-24-1 (1nb, 1w); Ammad Butt 3.4-0-36-2 (2nb, 1w); Bilal Asif 3-0-27-1 (1w); Usama Mir

4-0-38-0; Bilawal Bhatti 3-0-31-1; Adeel Mali 1-0-10-0.

RESULT: Peshawar won by five wickets.

UMPIRES: Ghaffar Kazmi and Khalid Mahmood.

TV UMPIRE: Rashid Riaz.

MATCH REFEREE: Ishtiaq Ahmed.

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Riffatullah Mohmand.

Published in Dawn, September 16th, 2015

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