Karachi: Sialkot Stallions reasserted their supremacy in shortest version of the game when they beat Super Eight Champions Rawalpindi Rams by ten runs in a tense final of National T20 Cup Cricket Championship at National Stadium here on Sunday.
Playing before almost full house in 34,000 stadium, chasing a stiff target of 181, Rawalpindi Rams were restricted to 170 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs after needing 15 run in the final over to win the match.
The match was halted for nearly 15 minutes after shoulder high no-ball controversy in the final over bowled by Naveed Arif. However experienced umpires Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf after consolation retained their decision.
Tail-end pair of Jamal Anwar and Anan Anwar could score just two runs on the last four balls.
Sialkot Stallions heroes were left arm spinners pair of youthful Raza Hasan and veteran Abdur Rehman. Raza bowled a tight spell of two wickets for 11 runs in four overs and Rehman finished with two wickets for 27 runs.
Sindh Governor Dr.Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, who was the chief guest, presented the glittering trophy and a cheque of Rs.1.5 million to Sialkot Stallions Captain Shoaib Malik. Sohail Tanvir received runner-ups trophy and cash award of Rs.one Million.
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt, tennis star Sania Mirza, member match organizing committee Wazir Ali Khoja were also present on the occasion.
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