Federal Areas Leopards 305 for 8 (Murtaza 63, Majeed 56) beat Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Panthers 228 (Zohaib 47, Shoaib 6-52) by 77runs
A combined batting effort and a six-wicket haul from Shoaib Akhtar sealed Federal Areas Leopards' second successive win in the Pentangular One-day Cup, as they beat Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Panthers by 77 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi.
After opting to bat, the Leopards were boosted by half-centuries from four of their batsmen. Opener Rahil Majeed and Umar Amin scored at a brisk pace in a 65-run second wicket stand, Yasim Murtaza scored a quick 55-ball 63 including six fours and a six and wicketkeeper Naeem Anjum provided the late flourish, finishing with an unbeaten 53 off 36 balls to lift the Leopards score to 305. Left-arm spinner Zohaib Khan was the pick of the Panthers bowlers, taking 3 for 46.
In reply, none of the Panthers batsmen managed a score of 50 or above as Shoaib crippled them with early strikes, and returned to finish off their innings and seal a thumping win for the Leopards. He dismissed openers Imran Nazir and Rafatullah Mohmand cheaply, broke a 46-run sixth wicket stand by getting rid of wicketkeeper Ahmed said and nipped out two of the tail-enders to end with 6 for 52.