Sharjeel blitz propels Hyderabad to win
Sharjeel Khan cracked 61 off 33 deliveries as Hyderabad Hawks comfortably chased 165 against Islamabad Leopards in Faisalabad. Sharjeel slammed five sixes in his innings as Hyderabad raced to 64 in five overs when captain Azeem Ghumman was run out. That made no difference to Sharjeel who took Hyderabad to 92 by the time he got out in the ninth over to Zohaib Ahmed. Zohaib struck twice in his next two overs but despite losing wickets regularly, Hyderabad had built enough momentum to reach their target with five balls to spare.
Zohaib's 55 off 40 deliveries had earlier been instrumental in getting his side to 164. Islamabad were in a good position at 109 for 3 with seven overs to go but lost a spate of wickets and weren't able to play out their 20 overs. Ghulam Yasin dismissed four batsmen though he went for 44 runs.
Lahore Lions eased to a 45-run win over Sialkot Stallions, boosted by half-centuries from their openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad in Faisalabad. The pair added 128 in ten overs, setting the foundation for an imposing score of 218. The innings received a further fillip from Umar Akmal, who blasted a 23-ball 43. In response, Imran Nazir stepped up for Sialkot, delivering a fiery start of 66 in just a little over five overs to promise a close encounter. But Saad Nasim and Imran Ali, who grabbed three wickets each, pegged back Sialkot, and at 92 for 6 there was little hope. Ali Khan gave the innings some respectability, scoring 67 to ensure Sialkot finished on 173.