An impressive 72 missed by Dane Aziz sealed a staggering win for Sindh when they double-wicketed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the 23rd game of the T20 National Cup at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
KP v SIN | Pakistan National T20 Cup 2020 Match 23 Highlights
Event: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2020
Match: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Sindh | KP vs SIN
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 138-9 in 20 overs
Sindh 140-8 in 20 overs
The 24-year-old Karachi-American brought his team over the line with a six on the last ball.
Sindh took 19 from the previous game when Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Mohammad Rizwan passed the ball to Iftikhar Ahmed to roll his right arm at medium speed.
Danish sent Iftikhar for a four on the first delivery before reducing the equation from the last three balls to 15 as the second and third balls turned out to be points.
Danish then hit two towering sixes on the floor with a four on the long-off between them.
Man OF The Match Danish said:
“It looked a bit difficult when the match came down to the last three balls. Expecting fuller deliveries, I decided to hit the ball on the floor.
“My plan was to hit until the end of the innings. When Anwar Ali went into the bat with me, we decided to turn the stroke first before punishing bad balls. “
Danish beat up eight fours and four sixs, and his 47-ball stint at the crease included a match-defining 77-run alliance with Anwar Ali, who made 33 out of 32.
The two got together after Hassan Khan was extradited without a delivery on the final ball of the eighth round.
The game had to be decided on the last ball because Usman Shinwari, responsible for Khurram Manzoor (13 of 11), Sarfaraz Ahmed (13 of 13) and Sohail Khan (o of two) after recording his best score, slipped when Sindh slipped 32 for three to 34 for six.
Sindh, in their chase of 139, was dealt an early blow when Shaheen Afridi, the tournament’s tallest wicket taker at 16 scalps at 11:25 p.m., pinpointed Sharjeel Khan on the second ball.
His new ball partner Imran Khan sacked Asad Shafiq and Azam Khan in back-to-back-overs – the second and fourth innings.
Previously, after being asked to strike, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was driven to a respectable 138 for nine by Usman, who scored an unbeaten 15-ball 36 with the help of three sixes and two fours.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fought by seven at 87 before Usman forged a 29-year partnership – the best of the innings – with Shaheen. He followed with a 20 run stand with Imran Khan, contributing all 20 runs that had accumulated over just six balls.
Musadiq Ahmed, who fought at seven, was the other notable run-getter with a 14-ball 25 (two fours and two sixes) in an inning in which Sohail, Hassan and Mohammad Hasnain took two wickets apiece.