17 November 2020
PACC 177/6 in 20 overs (Babar Hayat 73, Aftab Hussain 4-0-27-2) beat DLSW DLIT 160/7 in 20 overs (Ehsan Khan 56*, Anas Khan 4-0-13-4) by 17 runs
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Over at TKRRG, and it was the age-old grudge match between DLSW and PACC. Tanwir Afzal called correctly at the toss and opted to bat first on a good batting track. DLSW were without their regular keeper, Rumesh Rupasinghe, so Ikram Hussain took the gloves, and young quick bowler Urslan Abdul was drafted into the side. PACC were without opening batsman Balal Muhammad and fielded young pace bowler Arbaz Khan in his place.
Babar Hayat strode out to open with Hamed Khan – the 4th opening partnership that PACC tried in as many games. However, this pair seemed to click, as PACC raced to 46/0 in the powerplay. Babar Hayat in particular got stuck into the DLSW bowling, hitting boundaries off Mohsin Khan, Aftab Hussain, and taking 17 from an over off Tanveer Ahmed! Hamed Khan played the supporting role, turning the strike over, and together the pair bashed and blunted everything DLSW threw at them. Babar’s big hitting forced the third umpire to bring out the spare balls a couple of times as well, with Ehsan Khan holding up play to express his discontent with one of the spare balls selected. That however did not break the focus of the PACC opening pair. After 10 overs, they were 75/0. Babar then took 14 off the first 3 balls of the 11th over to bring up his 50 – off 32 deliveries – and hit a six off Ghazanfer in the 12th brought up the 100 for his side! It was at this point that Ehsan tossed the ball to young quick Urslan Abdul for his first spell in Premier League cricket. The youngster started well, giving away just 5 runs in his first 4 deliveries, including a no-ball and a free hit. His good start then got even better – Babar Hayat mis-hitting a loft down the ground to be caught in the deep! A big wicket for his first one at PL level, and DLSW had the breakthrough they needed. Babar out for 73 off 42, PACC 107/1 in 13. They didn’t need to wait long for the next wicket, with Urslan striking again – Hamed Khan scooping him straight to short fine leg! Yasim Murtaza fell quickly too, as PACC lost 3 wickets in the space of 15 balls, giving DLSW a chance to get back into the game! But Zeeshan Ali and Tanwir Afzal then picked up where Babar left, helping PACC take 47 off the final 4 overs, and taking their side to 177/6 in their 20 overs. PACC’s largest score of the tournament, and one that would be a challenge to chase for any side.
DLSW’s chase started very brightly – Ehsan Ayaz playing several stunning shots all over the ground in the and Ibraheem Ishaq supporting him well. The pair brought up the 50 for DLSW in the final over of the powerplay, but the partnership was broken on the final ball of the powerplay – Ishaq LBW for 14 to Murtaza, DLSW 58/1! Ehsan Ayaz continued on his merry way with a six off Daniyal Bukhari next over, but it was Anas Khan who spun the game into PACC’s favour. He dismissed Waqas Khan for just 2, caught well in the deep, and then dismissed Ehsan Ayaz the very next ball, bowled off an inside edge for 44! Ehsan Khan and Mehran Zeb took the next couple of overs to consolidate, and at the end of 10 overs DLSW were 79/3 – 4 runs ahead of PACC at the same stage, but 3 wickets down. Ehsan Khan flicked a six over square leg next over to try and keep the momentum going, but Anas Khan once again broke through, hitting Mehran’s offstump in the 12th over, then getting Ikram stumped in the 14th! Four wickets for the left arm spinner, and DLSW 100/5 in 14 overs. Two more wickets fell in quick succession – Aftab Hussain caught in the deep in the 16th and Tanveer Ahmed caught behind in the 17th – with Ehsan left stranded watching at the non-strikers ended. DLSW needed 68 runs from 23 balls and managed to score 50 of those, but ultimately fell short of their target. Ehsan Khan brought up a valiant half century but could not prevent his side from slumping to their 3rd defeat in 4 games. PACC emerging victorious in this much anticipated game and ending their campaign with a win, although they will be disappointed not to have made the final this season!
- Nitesh Hemlani