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Ahmed Shehzad hits 68 to help Habib Bank lift title

Sui Southern v Habib Bank, Departmental One-Day Cup, final, Karachi
Habib Bank Limited 235 for 5 (Shehzad 68, Imam 56, Irfan 3-48) beat Sui Southern Gas Corporation 232 for 7 (Malik 93, Zohaib 2-22) by five wickets

Ahmed Shehzad struck a 51-ball 68 in a 105-run organization with opener Imam-ul-Haq – after Fakhar Zaman resigned hurt – to help Habib Bank guarantee the title in the Departmental One-Day Cup. They recorded a five-wicket win against Sui Southern Gas Corporation in Karachi, their fifth triumph in succession in the competition.

Pursuing 233, Habib Bank’s first wicket fell just in the 24th over after Mohammad Irfan rejected No. 3 Shehzad after his innings that included nine fours and one six.

The group’s score was 143 for 1 then, and in spite of the fact that a smaller than expected crumple had them droop to 174 for 5 in the 33rd over – Zaman attempted to come back to bat yet needed to leave again – an unbeaten 6th wicket organization of 61 between Zohaib Khan (29) and Fahim Ashraf (34) brought them through with 14 balls to save.

Prior in the match, Habib Bank’s bowlers held Sui Southern’s keeps running under control with normal wickets at the top. By the seventeenth over, they were 31 for 3 and took around 30 overs to achieve 100. Shoaib Malik held up one end with a 92-ball 93 – his innings included nine fours – yet with wickets always falling at the flip side, multiplied with the lazy begin, Sui Southern could oversee 232 for 7 in their 50 overs.

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