Multan-Bahawalpur tames Afghanistan

Karachi: Multan-Bahawalpur Region team overpowered visiting Afghanistan cricket team recording a three-wicket victory on Friday at Multan Stadium in Multan.

Afghanistan batted first in the match and put on board a modest total of 156-9 in allotted 50 overs. Mohibullah batted well for the side and scored an unbeaten 49-run knock. Zulfiqar Babar captured a four-wicket haul for the local team.

In response, the hosts reached the target in 42 overs with three wickets in hand. Naveed Yasin knocked an unbeaten half-century for the side. Slow left-arm Hamza Hotak, who captured a five-wicket in the previous match, grabbed three scalps in this match as well.

The Afghanistan cricket team in their previous outing thrashed Karachi-Hyderabad Region, recording a massive nine-wicket victory.

Scores:
Afghanistan: 156-9 in 50 overs (Muhammad Shahzad 37, 4x4s, 2x6s, 47balls, Karim Khan Sadiq 9, 2x4s, 19 balls, Nawroz Mangal 5, 11 balls, Muhammad Javed 1, Mohib Ullah Orya Khel 49*, 2x4s, 1×6, 100 balls, Nasir Jamal Ahmad Zai 0, Gulbadin Naib 21, 1×6, 45 balls, Afsar Zazai 2, Hamza Hotak 7, Dollat Zadran 0, Izatullah Dollat Zai 13*, 1×4, 1×6, 122 balls, Kamran Hussain 0-23, Ansar Javed 0-34, Zulfiqar Babar 4-28, Kashif Naveed 1-20, Imran Ullah 2-28, Naveed Yasin 0-18)

Multan, Bahawalpur Region: 160-7 in 42 overs (Imran Ullah 0, Usman Tariq 10, Sohaib Maqsood 42, 9x4s, 36 balls, Naveed Yasin 50*, 5x4s, 86 balls, Bilal Khilji 18, 2x4s, 1×6, 26 balls, Kashif Naveed 0, Kamran Hussain 17, 3x4s, 29 balls, Rameez Alam 3, Gulraiz Sadaf 13*, 1×4, 35 balls, Izatullah Dollat Zai 1-36, Hamza Hotak 3-36, Muhammad Javed 2-27)