Abbas guides Khan Research Labs to comfortable win
Khan Research Labs 133 for 0 (Abbas 68*, Yasin 61*) beat National Bank of Pakistan 132 for 7 (Azam 33, Anjum 31, Ali 2-27) by 10 wickets
Zain Abbas capped off a strong all-round performance, scoring an unbeaten half-century and bowling economically, to guide Khan Research Labs to a 10-wicket win over National Bank of Pakistan in the Ramadan T20 Cup in Karachi.
Abbas got the crucial wicket of Aqeel Anjum just as NBP were beginning to settle and and bowled some tight overs, finishing with figures of 4-0-16-1. He hit seven fours and three sixes during his 58-ball 68 as KRL overhauled the 132-run target with 12 balls to spare.
National Bank of Pakistan chose to bat and got off to a shaky start, losing their captain Kamran Akmal and Umair Khan in the second over to successive deliveries from the debutant, Usman Khan. With NBP struggling at 7 for 2, Anjum and opener Sami Aslam revived the innings with a third-wicket stand of 62 runs. Aslam struck three fours in his 32-ball 28, before getting caught by Ali Khan off Nauman Ali. Three deliveries later, Anjum also departed after hitting the ball back to Abbas.
Hammad Azam struck a late 21-ball 33, but NBP were unable to build any other significant partnership, as medium-pacer Rahat Ali and left-arm spinner Nayyer Abbas dismantled the lower middle-order to restrict the batting side to 132 for 7 in their 20 overs.
KRL remained comfortable throughout their run chase, as the openers Abbas and Mohammad Yasin struck boundaries at regular intervals to maintain the required run-rate. Yasin's 50-ball 61 included eight fours and two sixes, and the pair reached the target in a little over 75 minutes.
Abbas was named Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
The win took KRL to second place in Group B, while NBP remain at the bottom, having lost both their matches so far.