Iftikhar lifts KPK title defending hopes alive

Mohammad Rizwan has been proving himself as the beauty of T20 Cricket. The chap hot-raced Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final of the National T20 Cup 2020 and won the event too. That was not the only occasion to endorse Rizwan's worth as a player, and as a captain as the legacy continued in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) with Multan Sultans lifting the trophy under Rizwan.

Although he is on the verge of flying with the Pakistan T20 World Cup 2021 squad to the UAE soon, the 29-year old has played a big role to make KPK's place in the final of the NT20 2021. The leadership, after Rizwan departed due to national duties, was handed over to Iftikhar Ahmed. The black-grey jerseys have become the first finalists of the season anticipating their arch-rivals to compete for one among Sindh and Central Punjab. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam-led teams are competing in the second-finalist-deciding clash at the time of writing.

KPK's feat came overpowering Northern as Umar Amin's lads were humiliated following their wayward bowling during the death overs. Or possibly, KPK's batters were too good to bowl good deliveries to. Notably, Northern were led by Shadab Khan who left the post as Rizwan did to join men in green's T20 World Cup squad.

Northern added 158 on the board losing 8 wickets. The mutual contributions from Amin's batting line-up compose Nasir Nawaz's 27 off 18, Umar Amin's 22 off 18, Zeeshan Malik's 29 off 21, Ali Imran's 24 off 24 and the rest of them stayed under 19. The chase looked quite possible but the tables turned by the end of the second inning. 

KPK's newly added captain, Iftikhar's late knock of 45 off just 17 balls subjugated Northern's bowlers to the fullest dragging them out of the tournament. The chase surpassed with a boundary as KPK fixed their place in the NT20 2021 final sparing five balls, five men reaching 161.