Regional One Day Cup: Peshawar crush Karachi Whites to clinch title

Karachi Whites v Peshawar, Regional One Day Cup final, Karachi
Peshawar 321 for 2 (Gauhar 145*, Iftikhar 131*) beat Karachi Whites 197 (Anwar Ali 51, Iftikhar 3-12) by 124 runs

Unbeaten tons from Gauhar Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed squashed Karachi Whites and gave Peshawar the Regional One Day Cup at the National Stadium in Karachi.

They held hands at 45 for 2 in the twelfth over and pushed Peshawar to 321 with an unbroken 276-run stand – the most astounding for any wicket this season.

Confronting a lofty target, Karachi lost their openers inside five overs, and in spite of the fact that the center request mounted a battle, they drooped to 197 hard and fast. Iftikhar took after his profession best 131 not out with knocking down some pins figures of 3 for 12 in four overs. Gauhar and Iftikhar shared the Man-of-the-Match grant.

Having been sent in, Peshawar lost Musadiq Ahmed for 1 in the fifth over. Israrullah, who struck an unbeaten 153 against Karachi Blues in the semi-finals, fell in the twelfth over. Gauhar and Iftikhar then took the side past 100 in the 23rd over. Before long, both batsmen raised their half-hundreds of years, yet it was Gauhar who achieved three figures initially, in the 41st over. Iftikhar arrived four overs later as Peshawar appeared to be set for a powerful score. They kicked into a higher apparatus in the last five overs, taking 59 runs. Gauhar finished with 19 fours and one six, while Iftikhar finished with 13 fours and one six.

Karachi Whites utilized upwards of seven bowlers yet they couldn’t discover a route past Gauhar and Iftikhar.

That their openers left early just emphasizd their troubles. Akbar-ur-Rehman, the Karachi skipper, and Saad Ali included 59 for the third wicket, before Akbar was run-out for a 48-ball 45. Anwar Ali gave them trust by hitting a 46-ball fifty, yet was played by Sajid Khan off the following ball.

From 160 for 4 in the 31st over, Karachi were at last rejected in 39.5 overs. Sajid and Taj Wali guaranteed two wickets each to supplement Iftikhar’s low maintenance offbreaks.



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