Islamabad have qualified for the final of the Pakistani Domestic One-Day Cup as they defeated the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) by 7 wickets thanks to an amazing century by former Sialkot player Shahid Yousuf who scored 100 runs off 89 balls.
Islamabad captain Zohaib Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl first which proved out to be a great decision as the KRL top order batsmen were dismissed early by Islamabad bowler Hassan Ali. KRL top 4 batsmen were dismissed for single digit scores.
Even Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former great batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq could not do much and scored 5. Saeed Anwar Junior and Shoaib Ahmed had a century partnership to lead the recovery of their side, and took them from 18-4 to 122-5 in 34.4 overs.
Luqman Butt and Nauman Ali also scored 33 and 31 respectively and helped their side score 231/9 in 50 overs. In reply Islamabad's opener Muhammad Naeem got out for a duck but other opener Ali Sarfraz scored 48 runs and helped his recover from early loss.
Islamabad were 105/3 and it looked like it was going to be a close match but then Shahid Yousuf and Sarmad Bhatti had a match winning partnership of 127 runs to take their side over the line. Sarmad Bhatti scored 44 runs off 68 balls whereas Yousuf scored 100 off 89.