Southern Punjab have pulled off an unlikely win against defending champions, and the most successful team of this year’s tournament, Northern. They won the first semi final by 7 wickets and are the first Finalist to feature in the Final on Sunday against either of KPK and Sindh.
The unlikely win of Southern Punjab came courtesy a wonderful bowling spell from the leggie Zahid Mahmood and some devastating batting from Zeeshan Ashraf and Shan Masood on top as the duo made the run chase look simple scoring 55 and 78 respectively.
It’s been quite a turnaround for a team that only won a single game in their first seven league matches and were placed at the bottom of the table for most part of the tournament before they won their last league game with a heavy margin against Balochistan. The win not just gave them a place in the semis but also took their confidence and self-belief too high for even the top team of the tournament to match.
Zahid Mahmood picked 3 important wickets in the semi final removing Haider Ali, Asif Ali, and Zeeshan Malik to help restrict the opposition to just 160 runs in an all-important fixture.
The openers gave SPNJB a solid 99-run opening stand which helped them ease their way through the run chase. Now they look rock solid for the National T20 Cup 2020 Final too after these thumping wins coming back to back for them.