result
Final (N), Lahore, Oct 13 2021, National T20 Cup
(17/20 ov, target 149)152/3
Khyber won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
45* (19) & 3/5
iftikhar-ahmed
Player Of The Series
409 runs • 8 wkts
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National T20 Cup: Sensational Iftikhar Ahmed leads Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to second successive title

Captain returns 3 for 5 and then smashes 19-ball 45* to shut out Central Punjab in title clash

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Comms: Rvel Zahid
Scorecard summary
Central Punjab (Pakistan)148/10(19.2 overs)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa152/3(17 overs)
end of over 1714 runs
KP: 152/3CRR: 8.94 
Iftikhar Ahmed45 (19)
Adil Amin25 (21)
Muhammad Faizan 4-0-46-1
Qasim Akram 3-0-27-1

Congratulations to KP and commiserations to Central Punjab who end up on the losing side after a riveting contest. KP crowned 2021 National T20 champions largely owing to Iftikhar Ahmed's blistering innings of 45 off 19 that made light work of the chase. The 31-year-old spanked six fours and two sixes in his onslaught.

Sahibzada Farhan and Kamran Ghulam's well-crafted knocks kept the asking rate in check and then Iftikhar showed the virtue of courage and bravery by taking the final match pressure out of the equation and just didn't allow CP to stage a comeback in the game.

Iftikhar changed the complexion of the game by shredding Central Punjab's bowling attack to pieces. He finished the National T20 2021 as the second-highest run-getter with 409 runs and maintained a stupendous strike rate of 170.41. He was adjudged player of the match for his spellbinding batting display.

On the other hand, Wahab Riaz couldn't get his hands on the silverware for the third time in a row and the dew factor alongside an inexperienced batting line-up let him down today. His own performance was brilliant though as he bowled a maiden to start the proceedings.

Thank you for your company. On behalf of our team, this is Rvel Zahid, saying goodbye.

16.6
4
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

That's it! Iftikhar smashes this over cover for a boundary and KP are National T20 2021 Champions! The entire team is on the ground with hugs and handshakes all around! The KP team is carrying incredible Iftikhar on their shoulders

16.5
4
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Full and lots of width on offer, he threw the kitchen sink at it, gets a thick outside edge and it flies over point for a boundary. Only a run required to get over the line

16.4
1
Muhammad Faizan to Adil Amin, 1 run

Gets down low to it and prods it down the ground, long on cuts it off

16.3
1
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, 1 run

Casts it on a full length, he goes back and punches it into the acres of spaces at midwicket region

16.2
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, no run

Nails a perfect yorker right in the blockhole, gets a thick inside edge as the ball dies down quickly on the pitch. Adil and Iftikhar have forged a fifty stand

16.1
4
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Latches onto the loose delivery speared on a full length outside off, he doesn't miss the yorker by much but the ball goes the distance through the covers

end of over 1613 runs
KP: 138/3CRR: 8.62 RRR: 2.75
Iftikhar Ahmed32 (14)
Adil Amin24 (20)
Qasim Akram 3-0-27-1
Muhammad Faizan 3-0-32-1
15.6
1
Qasim Akram to Iftikhar, 1 run

Full and straight, scuffs a drive back to the bowler

15.5
1
Qasim Akram to Adil Amin, 1 run

Tossed up on a full length, hits the pads and rolls over to short fine leg. KP are only two hits away from title win!

15.4
2
Qasim Akram to Adil Amin, 2 runs

Low full toss on middle, he gets out of the line of the ball, makes room and carves an inside out drive over cover in the circle

15.3
3
Qasim Akram to Iftikhar, 3 runs

Slips a full toss on the ribs, snap of the wrists and the rotation in his body hives him the power but he finds the fielder in the deep

15.3
5w
Qasim Akram to Iftikhar, 5 wide

Hoys it on a full length outside leg stump and Iftikhar lets it go past him, keeper misses it as well, that's the last thing Central Punjab needed while defending a low score

15.2
Qasim Akram to Iftikhar, no run

That's well bowled! Goes full and straight, there is not a lot Iftikhar could do then block

15.1
1
Qasim Akram to Adil Amin, 1 run

Tossed up on a full length, follows the batsmen who was shimming outside leg stump, he spanks it all along the ground to deep square

end of over 1520 runs
KP: 125/3CRR: 8.33 RRR: 4.80
Iftikhar Ahmed28 (11)
Adil Amin20 (17)
Muhammad Faizan 3-0-32-1
Zafar Gohar 4-0-33-0
14.6
4
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Makes full use of the free hit and bisects the fielders at long on and deep midwicket as the ball crashes onto the advertising hoardings. Bombastic batting continues! That was hit with so much power and fizz

14.6
2nb
Muhammad Faizan to Adil Amin, (no ball) 1 run

Full length, outside off, backs away and hammers this to point

14.5
1
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, 1 run

Yorker dipping in, slinks back and pushes it down towards long on region

14.4
6
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, SIX runs

Smokes it over midwicket! Juicy delivery in the arc. Very easy for him to show the long handle and

heave the ball over the rope.

14.3
4
Muhammad Faizan to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Short and wide, stabbed out to cover boundary with disdain! That was served on a plate and deserved to be thrashed

14.2
1
Muhammad Faizan to Adil Amin, 1 run

Length ball, angled into the pads, shuffles across and tugged away to square leg

14.1
2
Muhammad Faizan to Adil Amin, 2 runs

Pitched it on length with dibbly-dobbly pace wide of off, he hangs back and chops it away to deep cover-point

Match details
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
TossKhyber Pakhtunkhwa, elected to field first
SeriesNational T20 Cup
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Iftikhar Ahmed
Iftikhar Ahmed
Player Of The Series
Iftikhar Ahmed
Iftikhar Ahmed
Series resultKhyber Pakhtunkhwa won the 2021/22 National T20 Cup
Match days13 October 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Asif Yaqoob
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Rashid Riaz
TV Umpire
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Shozab Raza
Reserve Umpire
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Faisal Afridi
Match Referee
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Ali Naqvi