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Balochistan win dramatic semi-final against Southern Punjab

The second semi-final of the National T20 Cup also came out as nail-biting as Balochistan claimed a three-wicket victory over Balochistan as Amad Butt scored 22 runs in the final over.

The contest fell below the wire after South Punjab sent 174-5 to Baluchistan for batting.

Veteran middle-order batsmen Mohammad Hafeez (41 for 41) and Shoaib Malik (64 for 40) scored nearly half-a-century innings for South Punjab with a 173-run lead in the clash against Balochistan.

Pesar Ali Shafiq claimed 2–31 to put the spanner in his four overs, when South Punjab sought to pull the game out of reach of Balochistan.

Balochistan lost the opener and captain Imam-ul-Haq early for 10 when he was dismissed by Mohammad Irfan and was soon 22–2 to chase it down.

Hussain Talat, who scored an unbeaten 77 in his last game, was once again in superb form and kept Balochistan alive.

It was someone's game that was going into the final overs of the struggle as Balochistan needed 21 runs from the last 12 wickets in hand.

Wahab Riaz, using all his speed and experience, dismissed Talat and scored a superb three runs.

Umaid Wasif was not so confident in the final over despite scoring 18 for the defense and Amad Butt was the hero as he scored 22 runs in the final over with two sixes and two fours and ended the game with a six off the final ball. .

Northern won the first semi-final in the same thriller on the first day by just three runs. Now both sides will clash in the final on Thursday.