guie.jpg
Faisal Butt Carries Patriots To Victory | 2017-12-03 11:00:00

Faisal Butt Carries Patriots To Victory

BY TAYYAB BALAGAMWALA

Karachi Patriots and FA Sports played the 18th Challengers Cup game at New Navy Karsaz. FA Sports won the toss and batted first and lost three quick wickets of Asif (7), Daniyal (14) and Azam (5). Muazzam, however, was in prime form as he hit the ball to all parts of the park with 66 off just 36 balls and hit 4 sixes in his innings. It seemed that FA Sports were headed to a score in excess of 200 as Fawad got 26 runs but Sameer Ahmedani and Rizwan Merchant pulled back the flow of runs in the death overs as FA Sports ended at a competitive 176 for 9 at the end of the allocated 20 overs. Sameer Ahmedani took 4 crucial wickets while Rizwan Merchant contributed with 2 wickets and Faraz, Rizwan Diwan and Adeel Abbasi got a wicket each.

In reply, Faisal Butt and Atif Ahmed, two stalwarts of the game opened for patriots but Patriots were soon in a spot of bother as Atif Ahmed (16), Rizwan Merchant (13), Ghazanfar Richie (1) and adeel abbasi (7) were out but Faisal Butt was in deadly form as he did not take the pressure and displayed resilience and continued to do the bulk of the scoring at the other end. At any given point, Faisal Butt had scored 65% to 70% of the total score and played unabatedly and displayed his class with some exquisite strokes around the park. He got his second century back to back as he managed 113 not out off just 64 deliveries and his innings included 11 boundaries and 7 sixes. He was assisted at the other end by a flamboyant knock from Faraz Ahmed who got 26 runs not out off just 11 deliveries and hit 3 crucial sixes and a boundary as Patriots got home with 7 balls to spare for the loss of just 4 wickets. For FA sports, Fayyaz, Shehryar, Muazzam and Fawad got a wicket each.

Karachi Patriots won by 6 wickets.

Full Scorecard