KARACHI: Mamoon Riaz’s fiery bowling spell and Muhammad Naved’s unbeaten half-century Saturday evening guided Sargodha Rising Stars into the final of Lahore Qalandars’ Rising Stars tournament, with a six-wicket win against Faisalabad — the defending champions.
Riaz took five wickets, conceding just 17 runs in 3.4 overs to destroy Faisalabad’s batting line as the defending champions were bundled out for 105 runs.
Naved was the top scorer for Faisalabad, with 28 runs to his credit, while Usaid Amin bagged 23 runs to help the team post a three-figure target.
Faisalabad lost last four wickets in just a run.
The 106-run target looked an easy sail for Sargodha’s batsmen as they accomplished it in the 16th over with six wickets on hand.
Opener Muhammad Nawaz smashed four sixes and stroked seven boundaries to score an unbeaten 67 of 52 deliveries to singlehandedly lead his side to the victory.
The Rising Stars tournament’s final will be played Sunday evening between Sargodha and Layyah.