In a competition loaded with close completes, the last of the National T20 Cup was a moist squib. Lahore Blues fixed an agreeable triumph against Lahore Whites, winning by seven wickets with about three overs to save. Set 128 to win, Lahore Blues, who had enrolled the most astounding score of the competition on Wednesday – 221 against FATA – were never in any peril of missing the mark. Opener Imam-ul-Haq drove the pursuit, scoring an unbeaten 59, including seven fours and a six.
Salman Butt’s Whites had before battled with the bat. In spite of the fact that Butt batted through the innings, his thump never went up against any force, and the strike-rate was well beneath what was required to put on an aggregate his bowlers could be certain of guarding. His 62 fell off 59 conveyances, and with none of the huge hitters in his side ready to get in, the 127 they oversaw was continually going to be close to nothing. It didn’t help that the Blues’ bowlers expertly hit their lines and lengths, just a single of them yielding more than 6.50 runs for each finished. Atif Jabbar was the pick of the bundle, taking 2 for 24 of every four overs.
This is the second year that National T20 Cup last has included two sides from a similar city. A year ago, Karachi Blues and Karachi Whites squared off for the trophy, with the Blues beating the competition.