Haider Ali and Zeeshan Malik stars as Northern beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 79 runs in the National T20 Cup opener in Multan on Wednesday.
Northern Batsmen Haider Ali and Zeeshan Malik made a record breaking 180-runs partnership.
Haider smashed 90 runs in 48 balls while Malik totaled 77 runs off 46 balls. They were up against the side with quality bowlers including Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz. Northern scored a total of 242 runs.
149 years old Haider Ali was applauded by many on twitter. He also holds the record of scoring a half-century in his international T20 debut ageist England
19-year-old Pakistan batsman Haider Ali smashed a magnificent 90 against Junaid, Wahab,Shinwari & Asia's best allformat bowler Shaheen in National T20 Cup 2020. On 1st Sep made T20I v England & smashed a match-winning 54 (SR 163.63). Incredible talent @iamhaideraly! @ICC #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) September 30, 2020
Haider Ali take a bow!#NationalT20Cup.
— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) September 30, 2020
WELLDONE HAIDER ALI https://t.co/S4eXXfNvST
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) September 30, 2020
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa only managed to score 163-9 in their 20 overs while chasing 243-runs.
Musa Khan has helped Northern an easy win as he returned with figures of 3-31 in four overs. Earlier, Northern the defending champions had won the toss and elected to bat first. Northern is led by Shadab Khan whereas KP is led by Mohammad Rizwan.
Northern: Imad Wasim (C), Shadab Khan, Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Farzan Raja, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir (WK), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Mohammad Rizwan (C/WK), Junaid Khan , Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Mohsin, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Zohaib Khan