Habib Bank take title after Super Over
Habib Bank Limited 158 (Farhat 65, Saeed 3-29) tied with Pakistan International Airlines 158 for 7 (Faisal 42)
One-over eliminator Habib Bank Limited 10 for 0 beat Pakistan International Airlines 7 for 2
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
The inaugural Ramadan T20 cup had a thrilling finish at the National Stadium in Karachi, with Habib Bank Limited (HBL) taking the trophy after a Super Over. Imran Farhat, whose 65 led HBL to 158, did the honours in the Super Over, chasing Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) modest score of 7. PIA did their best to stretch HBL in the final over of the match, with Anwar Ali smashing Ehsan Adil for six off the last ball to tie the scores.
HBL had the upper hand going into that final over, with 15 to defend. Anwar pushed the ball to deep cover and was content with a single but his partner Salman Saeed set off for the second run, only to be sent back and end up short of his ground. The next two deliveries only produced singles, adding to PIA's desperation. The much-needed boundary came off the fourth ball, as Aizaz Cheema sliced a low full toss to third man. He took a single off the fifth to long-off, leaving Anwar no option but to send the final ball out of the ground to level the scores. Adil bowled a full toss and Anwar dispatched it over long-on to give PIA another shot at the trophy.
It wasn't to be, though. After his final-over heroics, Anwar was chosen to bat in the Super Over, ahead the other specialist batsmen. He began well, striking the first ball to the long-off boundary. Shoaib Malik fell off the third ball and PIA couldn't manage any more boundaries. A run-out then left PIA with an underwhelming 7 to defend. Farhat sealed the game in just three balls, pulling Cheema to the fine leg boundary to give HBL the title after all the drama.
Earlier, Farhat's half-century provided the platform for HBL to build on after they chose to bat. He was involved in stands of 58 and 38 respectively at the top of the order with Asad Baig and Younis Khan respectively before he was caught at deep cover, off Anwar. All three sixes in the HBL innings were scored by Farhat. HBL lost their way after Farhat fell in the 15th over, losing their remaining seven wickets for 32 runs.
PIA began their chase poorly, losing their captain Malik for a duck in the first over. Fahad Iqbal gave the innings a push, smashing two fours and a six in the third over, that went for 15. HBL hit back by removing two quickly, leaving the opposition at 34 for 3 in 4.2 overs. Two 40-plus stands, however, revived PIA's hopes. Faisal Iqbal was involved in both, adding 48 with Sheharyar Ghani and 46 with Sarfraz Ahmed, but despite the resistance, they kept battling with the asking rate, needing 38 off the last three overs. Iqbal was caught behind in the 18th over before Sarfraz was run out the following over, leaving the rest to the lower order. It was HBL's game to lose and after choking in the final over, they made amends in the Super Over.