The Faysal Bank Super 8 T20 Cup got underway today in Faisalabad with the home team Faisalabad Wolves taking on the Multan Tigers in the first game of the tournament.
The match was an easy win for the Wolves who marched to victory by 69 runs on the back of two power packed performances by Asif Ali and Hasan Mahmood.
Asif Ali is a 19 year old right hand batsman who made his first class debut for Faisalabad just last December. He has played only 3 first class matches and 5 List A games; while today was his first ever T20 game.
Asif could not have asked for a better start to his T20 career.
He walked out to the crease on the 2nd ball of the match, after Abdur Rauf removed Pakistan international Mohammad Hafeez on the 1st ball of the innings.
Asif did not look back after that. With the held of 7 sixes and 9 boundaries, Asif Ali scored an exact 100 off a mere 59 deliveries, helping the Wolves to a total of 199 in 20 overs.
Pakistan captain Misbah also played some powerful strokes in his unbeaten 32 off 21 deliveries.
In response, the Tigers could only manage 130 as Hasan Mahmood, the 20 year old left arm spinner destroyed their middle order with 5 wickets. Hasan ended the game with figures of 5-23.
Like Asif, Hasan was also playing his first ever T20 game.
Hasan has had an impactful domestic season for Faisalabad this year with two 5 wicket hauls in first class games, and one in a List A game.
Mohsin Khan had said that he would be closely following players performances during the Faysal Bank T20 Cup; Asif and Hasan could not have chosen a better platform to display their prowess with bat and ball respectively.