Ali Waqas' 99 gives Badshahs slim win
Ali Waqas' 99 set-up a thrilling three-wicket win for Punjab Badshahs against Federal United in Karachi. Chasing 313, Badshahs' innings was helped by fifties from Waqas, Shahid Yousuf (75) and Umar Akmal (70), as they won with two balls to spare.
Put in to bat, Federal United lost Kamran Akmal on the first ball of the match before they were revived by Imran Farhat (24), Awais Zaha (49) and Babar Azam (59) to take them towards 200. The real push came from No. 5 Umar Amin, who came in at 88 for 3 and scored 110 off 96 balls with nine fours and a six. Ali Sarfraz also chipped in with 39 off 34 which charged them to 312 for 8, despite five wickets from Raza Hasan.
Badshahs got a strong start with a second-wicket stand of 146 runs between Yousuf and Waqas. Yousuf fell in the 31st over after hitting 10 fours and Umar Akmal's rapid 70 off 50 propelled them to 275 in 44th over, when they needed 38 off 38. However, they lost three more wickets for 22 runs before the lower order saw them through.