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KRL whip UBL as SNGPL, SSGC score second wins

KRL whip UBL as SNGPL, SSGC score second wins

KARACHI: The second-round matches in the National One-day Cup for Departments on Monday saw Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) handing United Bank Limited (UBL) their second straight defeat.

While Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) both cantered to second successive victories, Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) rode on Kamran Akmal’s century to overpower National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

UBL’s troubles continued at the UBL Sports Complex when KRL put up a clinical performance to whip them by eight wickets. Another fine one-day pitch, UBL’s batting crumbled against a good KRL bowling line-up.

Realistically, the game was sewn up in favour KRL when Mohammad Abbas and Sadaf Hussain vindicated skipper Saeed Anwar Jr’s decision to field at the toss by reducing the home side to 5-3 in the fourth over.

Out-of-favour Test opener Shan Masood followed up century against SSGC against SSGC on Saturday with a fifth-ball duck when Abbas produced a perfect seaming delivery into the left-hander.

Sadaf then compounded UBL’s problems by getting rid of makeshift opener Gulraiz Sadaf (4) and Sohaib Maqsood (0). And when Rumman Raees Khan (6) fell, UBL were down in the mire at 85-7.

It was then left to veteran Saeed bin Nasir (52 off 77 balls, five boundaries) to steer the side to a meaningful total with a gusty half-century — the right-hander’s second on the trot — before he needlessly threw away his wicket by getting stumped with no less than 63 deliveries still left when the ninth wicket was lost.

Sadaf ended up taking 3-39 in 7.4 overs, the immaculate Abbas 1-22 in nine with third seamer Ahmed Bashir taking 2-21 in seven and slow left-armer Nauman Ali bowling a nagging spell of 2-20 in 10 tidy overs as UBL mustered 152 in 43.4 overs.

The left-arm duo of Mir Hamza and Rumman gave UBL some hope. Hamza got one rise awkwardly that Nawaz Ahmed only managed to edge behind, while Rumman deceived Junaid Ali with a slow full-toss which dipped to find him in front of the stumps.

But thereafter, KRL just cruised along as Shoaib Ahmed Minhas and Abdul Rehman Muzammil shared an unbroken partnership of 146 in 161 balls. Shoaib was in a boundary-hitting mood as he sent the ball 13 times across the fast outfield on his way to 80 from 90 balls.

Rehman didn’t lagged either by reaching 60 off 81 deliveries. Apart from striking six fours, he hoisted leg-spinner Karamat Ali for a six over midwicket before meting out a similar treat to Sohaib Maqsood to end the entertainment as early as the 32nd over of the chase.

The SBP Sports Complex officials were highly embarrassed when extensive watering of the ground on Sunday left the pitch and the surrounding area waterlogged while reducing the SSGC-PIA fixture to a 34-over affair.

And after finally the game got underway at 12:00noon, PIA — inevitably asked to bat first after losing the toss— nosedived to 177-9 with Pakistan discard Faisal Iqbal scoring a 71-ball 66 (four fours and a six). Aamir Yamin grabbed 3-28 in six overs.

SSGC, in reply, were home and dry by a handsome margin of seven wickets in 31.4 overs thanks to Awais Zia (56 off 53 balls, six fours) and Adil Amin (53 not out from 56, seven boundaries) playing pivotal knocks.

SNGPL skipper Mohammad Hafeez reached a second consecutive half-century and claimed two wickets to help his side down HBL by six wickets at the National Stadium.

Hafeez, bidding to make the one-day squad for Australia series, made 55 (off 73 balls, six fours) while dominating a second-wicket stand of 98 with opener Imran Butt (70 off 104, six fours) before Iftikhar Ahmed (an unbeaten 47 off 53) anchored the 194-run chase.

Earlier, skipper Ahmed Shehzad slammed a 90-ball 71 (five fours and a brace of sixes) as HBL were dismissed for 193 after Hafeez chose to bowl first.

Apart from the SNGPL skipper, who took 2-43 in eight overs, slow left-armer Imran Khalid — happily restored to full fitness — snared fine figures of 4-32 in nine overs.

Wapda bounced back from their loss to HBL two days ago by sealing a 98-run win over NBP at Hyderabad’s Niaz Stadium.

After NBP opted to bowl first, Wapda piled up 285 in their 50 overs. Kamran continued his magnificent form with 120 off 117 balls (13 fours and one six) to take another major step towards making the Pakistan ODI squad.

NP then folded up for 187 in the 47th over with the gangling left-arm Pakistan paceman Mohammad Irfan claiming 4-25 in 7.5 overs and fit-again spinning all-rounder Khalid Usman three for 28 in 10 overs.

Monday’s results:

Second round:

At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: Khan Research Laboratories beat United Bank Limited by eight wickets.

UNITED BANK LIMITED 152 in 43.4 overs (Saeed bin Nasir 52, Akbar-ur-Rehman 24, Karamat Ali 20; Sadaf Hussain 3-39, Nauman Ali 2-20, Ahmed Bashir 2-21); KHAN RESEARCH LABORATORIES 155-2 in 31.5 overs (Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 80 not out, Abdul Rehman Muzammil 60 not out).

At National Stadium, Karachi: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited beat Habib Bank Limited by six wickets.

HABIB BANK LIMITED 193 in 45 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 71, Aftab Khan 45, Jamal Anwar 20 not out; Imran Khalid 4-32, Mohammad Hafeez 2-43); SUI NORTHERN GAS PIPELINES LIMITED 194-4 in 42.4 overs (Imran Butt 70, Mohammad Hafeez 55, Iftikhar Ahmed 47 not out).

At SBP Sports Complex, Karachi: Sui Southern Gas Company beat Pakistan International Airlines by seven wickets.

PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES 177-9 in 34 overs (Faisal Iqbal 66, Shayan Jahangir 22, Majid Khan 21; Aamir Yamin 3-28); SUI SOUTHERN GAS COMPANY 179-3 in 31.4 overs (Awais Zia 56, Adil Amin 53 not out, Saifullah Khan Bangash 31, Asif Zakir 27 not out).

At Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad: Water and Power Development Authority beat National Bank of Pakistan by 98 runs.

WATER AND POWER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 285 in 50 overs (Kamran Akmal 120, Salman Butt 47, Ayaz Tasawwar 43 not out, Zulfiqar Babar 28; Mohammad Irfan 3-51, Bilal Asif 2-47, Kamran Ghulam 2-58, Yasir Hussain 2-61); NATIONAL BANK OF PAKISTAN 187 in 46.5 overs (Usman Salahuddin 49, Bilal Asif 36, Faizan Khan 28, Ahsan Hafeez 20; Mohammad Irfan 4-25, Khalid Usman 3-28).

Published in Dawn December 20th, 2016

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