National T20 Cup 2020 edition kicked off at the Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan, when Nothern defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by a heavy margin of 79 runs.
Haider Ali scored 90, while another youngster Zeeshan Malik made 77 runs in a record partnership 180 runs for the Northern. That partnership enabled them to score 242 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Northern restricted KP at 163 runs, Sahibzada Farhan scored 62 runs. Other top contributors were Ifitkhar and Malik, both scored 28 each.
Musa Khan picked up three wickets, while Tanvir and Nawaz shared two wickets each.
Mini Scorecard: National T20 Cup Match 1 Northern vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Northern 242-3, 20 overs (Haider Ali 90, Zeeshan Malik 77, Asif Ali 23 not out, Ali Imran 21; Junaid Khan 2-44)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 163-9, 20 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 62, Iftikhar Ahmed 28, Shoaib Malik 28; Musa Khan 3-31, Sohail Tanvir 2-34, Mohammad Nawaz 2-37)
Result: Northern won by 79 runs
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