Northen great defeat against Balochistan’s gives Central Punjab unexpected life line

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With three National T20 Cup berths already decided, race for the remaining spot still remains wide open in Rawalpindi after likely contenders Balochistan suffered an inexplicable debacle against reigning champions Northern on Thursday.

Balochistan just required a victory in their penultimate fixture at the Pindi Cricket Stadium to qualify — regardless of results in the remaining three preliminary-round mat­ches — but the last year’s finalists instead went down by 39 runs, while chasing exactly 200.