Federal Areas team won the Pakistan Cup 2017 on Saturday defeating Balochistan by one wicket in a thrilling game of cricket at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

In the final, Federal Areas won the toss and put Balochistan to bat first. Balochistan lost their first wicket, of captain Fakhar Zaman, in the 9th over. Aamer Yamin scored 47, Sohail Tanvir made 36 and Sohaib Maqsood 32.

The highlight of Balochistan’s innings remained Charsadda’s 21-year-old Sahibzada Farhan, who hit a brilliant 112 runs off 94 balls with the help of 11 fours and 4 sixes, steering his side to 322/9 in 50 overs.  Mohammad Hafeez took 3/63.

Chasing the target, Test opener Sami Aslam and Hafeez put up a brilliant partnership of 158 runs after Federal Areas lost their first wicket of Abid Ali on just 18.

Left-handed Sami Aslam scored a magnificent 109 runs – his second hundred – while Hafeez piled up 83 runs. Sarmad Bhatti hit a four off the last ball of the match to seal a thrilling win over Balochistan.

Fast bowler Sohail Tanvir and Ghulam Mudasar took three wickets each.

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