Ramadan T20 Cup, Group B, Karachi July 22, 2013

Rain, Azam rout National Bank of Pakistan

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Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited 82 for 1 in 9 overs (Azam 32*) beat National Bank of Pakistan 127 for 4 in 17 overs (Kamran 55, Mahmood 1-22) by 9 wickets (D/L method)

Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) cantered to a nine-wicket victory over National Bank of Pakistan in a match marred by rain. Chasing a revised target of 82 in nine overs, Babar Azam produced a sparkling innings to seal the win with more than an over to spare.

ZTBL inserted National Bank in to bat and got rid of the openers inside three overs. With the score at 21 for 2, captain Kamran Akmal forged a 76-run partnership for the third wicket with Fawad Alam, who contributed 33. Akmal slammed six fours and two sixes to bring up his half-century in 38 balls, but Tahir Mahmood had Akmal caught in the 13th over, which dented National Bank's acceleration. ZTBL captain Imran Nazir accounted for Alam in the 17th over and five balls later, rain put paid to the first innings and took out a good chunk of the second as well.

With nine overs to reach their target of 82, ZTBL began expansively. Nazir struck two fours and a six but fell in the second over. Azam took control of the chase, flaying legspinner Usman Qadir for three fours in his first over. Azam finished with 32 off 15 balls and was ably supported by Sharjeel Khan. Their 59-run unbeaten stand, which came in 32 balls, took ZTBL across the line with ease.

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  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Babar Azam , Sharjeel khan , Fawad Alam these are three top quality batsmen who can go upto play into national team if ever honest team selection is made. Agreed with all other comments on this page.

  • Android on July 23, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Babar azam should b in the national team

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    babar azam is the next imzamam ul haq so pcb must select babar for the nationl side is a briliyant player like virat koli so if pcb select for a opener he wll play. so if misbah go out of the national side he cab contoute the place of misbah .

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    A boy wid bright future a man wid classic style a youngster wid matured brain he is babar azam wat a youngster we have now loooks like new umar akmal but much matured

  • ESPN on July 23, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Babar Azam deserved man of match award rather than Junior Boom Boom

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