KARACHI: Shahzaib Hasan and Khurram Manzoor are disappointed at being overlooked for Pakistan’s World Twenty20 squad.
But that did not stop them from leading Sindh Dolphins to a convincing four-wicket win over Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Panthers in the Pentangular One Day Cup at the National Stadium in Karachi. Hasan cracked seven fours and three sixes in his 81-ball innings and shared a 100-run opening partnership with Manzoor, who scored an equally-aggressive 44 off 49 balls laced with eight boundaries.
The duo utilised the field restrictions aptly as they flayed the Panthers bowlers to all parts of the ground and brought up the century partnership in the 16th over. As Manzoor was picked up by leg-spinner Yasir Shah, Hasan found another able partner in the form of Asad Shafiq and carried on scoring at will.
The procession continued even after Hasan’s departure, with just over 100 runs needed, as Shafiq scored a 60-ball 59 to lead the Dolphins to their second win in as many days. Sohail Khan, included in the Panthers’ line-up, remained the pick of the bowlers with two for 59 as Shah also bagged a brace but Sindh owed the win to a disciplined bowling attack earlier in the day that restricted the Panthers to a modest 250 on a batting track.
Imran Nazir was dismissed without scoring and captain Yasir Hameed, too, failed to last long as Anwar Ali had the opposition reeling at 30 for two. Rafatullah Mohmand, however, steadied the slide and shared a useful third-wicket partnership of 86 with Adnan Raees as the duo looked towards a big total. However, a middleorder collapse meant Panthers lost three wickets for 14 runs, including that of Mohmand for a 115-ball 90, and meant the 300 that looked possible at one point was not to be achieved.