Younis Khan Takes UBL to Victory in National One-Day Cup Final

United Bank Limited (UBL) defeated Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) by six wickets to lift the National One Day trophy on Sunday.

UBL captain, Younis Khan, elected to field at the home ground after winning the toss. In response, WAPDA were bowled out for 218 runs.

WAPDA’s Unimpressive Total

Salman Butt and co. failed to make an impressive start to the game and crumbled early on. WAPDA were 113 for 7 at one point but thanks to some responsible batting from Wahab Riaz and Khalid Usman, the total reached over 200.

Wahab and Khalid put a strong partnership; the former managed 53 runs from 46 balls (2 sixes, 4 fours) whereas the latter scored 43 runs.

For UBL, Hamad Azam took three wickets while Mohammad Asghar and Mir Hamza picked up two wickets apiece.

Comfortable Chase For UBL

UBL had a straightforward task of chasing down a relatively small total. The task was made simpler with half centuries from Shoaib Masood and Sohaib Maqsood.

Younis Khan and Saad Ali closed the innings and reached the target with 42 balls to spare with loss of just four wickets.

Saad made 42 runs whereas Younis scored an unbeaten 33.

Khalid Usman took three wickets but it was not enough to stop UBL from chasing down the total.

Following the win, Younis Khan said:

It was total team effort, I won’t take credit for this. Shan Masood and Umar Akmal played well throughout the tournament and proved their mettle.

Tournament Awards

Batsman of the Tournament — Shan Masood.

Bowler of the Tournament — Sadaf Hussain.

Outstanding Player of the Tournament — Kamran Akmal.

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.


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