With the National T20 Cup final spot at stake, Iftikhar Ahmed made 45 runs off only 17 balls with 32 runs in boundaries, through 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regained control despite Zeeshan Malik top-scoring with a 21-ball 29 (three fours and one six) as Arshad Iqbal grabbed three wickets in the final over to dent Northern further.
In the decider on Wednesday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa face Central Punjab in the final at 7:30 pm in Gaddafi Stadium.
Total (for eight wkts, 20 overs) 156
Fall of wkts: 1-48 (Nasir), 2-54 (Ali Imran), 3-98
DID NOT BAT: Salman Irshad, Zaman Khan.
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-1, NB-2) 4
TOTAL (for five wkts, 19.1 overs) 161
FALL OF WKTS: 1-57 (Musadiq), 2-74 (Farhan), 3-80
DID NOT BAT: Mohammad Haris, Imran Khan,
RESULT: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won by five wickets.
UMPIRES: Asif Yaqoob and Rashid Riaz
TV UMPIRE: Waleed Yaqub.
MATCH REFEREE: Mohammad Javed.
PLAYER-OF-THE-MATCH: Iftikhar Ahmed (KP).
Wednesday’s fixture: Final — Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs
c Farhan b Khalid
c and Iftikhar
c Khalid b M. Imran
c Haris b Arshad
c Iftikhar b Arshad
(Umar), 4-104 (Zeeshan), 5-116 (Rohail), 6-153 (Sohail)
c Ali Imran b Nauman
c Mubasir b Aamir
c Rohail b Sohail 35
c Umar b Salman
lbw b Zaman
(Asif), 4-106 (Kamran), 5-107 (Nabi).
Mohammad Imran, Arshad Iqbal.
Central Punjab/Sindh (7:30pm PST).
7-153 (Aamir), 8-Nauman).