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Ton-up Asad inspires Tapal CC into KG semis

Ton-up Asad inspires Tapal CC into KG semis

KARACHI: Hafiz Asad Baig stole the limelight with an undefeated century as Tapal CC moved into the semi-finals of the 32nd Karachi Gymkhana Omar Associates Ramazan Cricket Festival with a 19-run win over Karachi Gymkhana here on Wednesday.

Batting first in a high-scoring last quarter-final at the KG Ground, Tapal CC amassed 232-4 in their allotted 20 overs. The highlight being Asad’s superlative innings of 106. The diminutive right-hander faced 61 deliveries while decorating his man-of-the-match contribution with 11 boundaries and three sixes.

Hamza Ghanchi also batted well to score a 31-ball 47 that included three fours and a brace of sixes, while Zakir Malik thrashed four sixes and three fours in a blistering 13-ball cameo of 45.

Karachi Gymkhana made a spirited response to the daunting 233-run chase before completing their turn at the crease on 213-9. Mohammad Mohsin struck five sixes and two fours in a belligerent 32-ball knock of 61; Tayyab Tahir hit a rapid 11-ball 30 with three fours and two sixes.

Last man Khurram Humayun, arriving at 173-9, bludgeoned six fours and one six in a remarkable 14-ball contribution of 37 not out.

Hamza Ghanchi grabbed three wickets for 35 runs with his off-spinners, while left-arm spinner Wasim Ali took 3-44.

Summarised scores:

TAPAL CC 232-4 in 20 overs (Hafiz Asad Baig 106 not out, Hamza Ghanchi 47, Zakir Malik 45, Daniyal Rajput 18 not out; Mohammad Saeed 2-42); KARACHI GYMKHANA 213-9 in 20 overs (Mohammad Mohsin 61, Khurram Humayun 37 not out, Tayyab Tahir 30, Asim Ali 23; Hamza Ghanchi 3-35, Wasim Ali 3-44).

Published in Dawn, June 22nd, 2017

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