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Fawad Alam hits career-best 149 as Karachi Whites win National One-Day Cup

KARACHI: Karachi Whites defeated Islamabad by 5 wickets in the final of the National One Day Cup– Regions 2017-18 by chasing down a mammoth total of 347 with the help of Fawad Alam’s 149 at Pindi Stadium Rawalpindi on Sunday.

Fawad’s neglect by the PCB National Selection Committee led by Inzamam-ul-Haq sent out another strong statement following the batsman’s match-winning performance that also made him the recipient of the Rs100,000 man-of-the-match award.

Batting first after winning the toss, Islamabad Region pilled up a total of 347 runs for the loss of 4 in 50 overs. Babar Azam scored 105 runs on 95 balls including 8 4s and 2 6s followed by Shahid Yousaf 96 not out, Shan Masood 51, Abid Ali 37, Faizan Riaz 27 and Saad Ali 26 not out.

For Karachi Whites, Asad Shafiq took one wicket for 29, Danish Aziz 1 for 31, Zia-ul-Haq 1 for 71 and Muhammad Asghar 1 for 86.

In reply, Karachi Region White hit 349 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 49.3 overs and achieved the target.

Fawad Alam displayed outstanding performance scoring 149 runs on 130 balls with 18 4s while Danish Aziz 86 not out 65, Akbar-ur-Rehman 41 and Asad Shafiq 22 also batted well.

For Islamabad, Raza Hasan 1 for 49, Nouman Ali 1 for 61, Hamza Nadeem 1 for 70, Ahmed Bashir 1 for 76 and Shahzad Azam 1 for 80 bagged wickets.

Karachi Whites grabbed a prize money of Rs1,000,000 while Islamabad took away Rs 500,000. Man of the match Fawad Alam got Rs 100,000 while Shan Masood (Islamabad Region, best bataman, 656 runs), Muhammad Imran (Faisalabad Region best bowler, 14 wickets) and Abid Ali (509 runs & 9 dismissals, outstanding player/all rounder) were given Rs100,000 each.

Summarized scores:

Islamabad Region 347-4 in 50 overs: (Babar Azam 105, 95 balls, 8x4s, 2×6, Shahid Yousaf 96*, 74 balls, 9x4s, 2x6s, Shan Masood 51, 45 balls, 10x4s, Abid Ali 37, 46 balls, 2x4s, 1×6, Faizan Riaz 27, 25 balls, 4x4s, Saad Ali 26*, 15 balls, 4x4s, Asad Shafiq 1-29, Danish Aziz 1-31, Zia-ul-Haq 1-71, Muhammad Asghar 1-86).

Karachi Region White 349-5 in 49.3 overs: (Fawad Alam 149, 130 balls, 18x4s, Danish Aziz 86*, 65 balls, 4x4s, Akbar-ur-Rehman 41, 67 balls, 2x4s, Asad Shafiq 22, 20 balls, 4x4s, Raza Hasan 1-49, Nouman Ali 1-61, Hamza Nadeem 1-70, Ahmed Bashir 1-76, Shahzad Azam 1-80).

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