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KARACHI: National Stadium here was the venue where the inaugural match of the National T20 tournament was played today.

Balochistan won against KP while Sindh crushed Central Punjab. Balochistan scored 178 runs for the loss of two wickets. Gulraiz Sadaf scored 75 runs off 58 balls. He also added 129 runs for the second wicket with his skipper Akbar-ur-Rehman who remained unbeaten on 70 runs off 49 balls.  Sameen Gul took two for 29 runs in his quota of four overs.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa scored 178 runs for six. Aitizaz Habib Khan scored 70 off 49 balls while Mehran Ibrahim added 39 and Nabi Gul 38. Taj Wali and leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheik took two wickets each. Fast bowler Khurram Shehzad bowled the Super Over for Balochistan as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was restricted to six runs. Aitizaz Habib Khan scored 70 off 49 balls while Mehran Ibrahim added 39 and Nabi Gul scored 38. 

In second match of the day Sindh managed to beat Central Punjab. Central Punjab scored 166 for the loss of three wickets. Mohammad Akhlaq scored 47. Usman Sallahuddin added 41 off 39 while Nauman Anwar scored 31 off 18 balls. 103-run opening stand between Jahid Ali and Ammad Alam helped Sindh chase down the total in 17.3 overs for the loss of just one wicket.

Ammad scored 69 off 38 balls , Jahid remained unbeaten on a 49-ball 70, his innings also included nine fours and two sixes. Rameez Raja junior made an unbeaten 21 off 18 balls.

Balochistan v KP: Balochistan 178 for 2, 20 overs (Gulraiz Sadaf 75, Akbar Rehman 70 not out; Sameen Gul 2-29): KP 178 for 6, 20 overs (Aitizaz Habib Khan 70, Mehran Ibrahim 39, Nabi Gul 38; Taj Wali 2-34, Ibtisam Sheikh 2-37)

Super Over: KP 6 for no loss, 1 over, Balochistan 7 for no loss 0.5 overs

Match tied, Balochistan won One-Over Eliminator.

Sindh v Central Punjab, National Stadium, Karachi

Central Punjab 166 for 3, 20 overs (Mohammad Akhlaq 47, Usman Sallahuddin 41; Hassan Khan 1-25)

Sindh 170 for 1, 17.3 overs (Jahid Ali 70 not out, Ammad Alam 69; Raza Ali Dar 1-26). Sindh won by nine wickets.

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.