Federal Areas yet again displayed excellent team coordination to outgun Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by five wickets in the final while retaining their Cool & Cool presents Pepsi Pakistan Cup title in Faisalabad on last night.
Watched by easily the biggest crowd of the 11-match gala, Federal Areas were always in control as they continued their domination to keep intact unbeaten run by cantering to a fifth straight success after chasing down a modest target of 253. Umaid Asif finished the game with two sixes and a four in the 41st over.
Kamran Akmal blasted a 24-ball 38 with four sixes and two fours before Raza Ali Dar (49 off 53 balls, seven boundaries0 and Agha Salman (60 off 77, five fours) put on 69 for the third wicket.
Saad Nasim then bludgeoned a quickfire half century of his own as well. He slammed seven fours and one six in a carefree 51 off 34 balls while sharing a fourth-wicket of 79 with Salman.
Federal Areas’ positive intent was one hallmark of this competition. Their body language narrated a different tale altogether in contrast to that of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa even though the champions were always going to miss Sohaib Maqsood in the second half of the final after the Pakistan discard was taken to hospital with a probable dislocated shoulder after taking a tumble in the field.
Federal Areas collected Rs2 million besides the winners’ trophy while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa received Rs1 million and the runners-up trophy.