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Rumman’s nine bowls UBL to second straight innings win

Rumman’s nine bowls UBL to second straight innings win

KARACHI: Pakistan’s limited-overs seamer Rumman Raees Khan grabbed career-best figures of nine for 25 as United Bank Limited trounced Lahore Whites to celebrate their second innings win in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship on Friday.

Lahore Whites, who began day four of the second-round Group ‘B’ fixture at the LCCA Ground in Lahore at 43-6, were shot out for 88 to hand UBL an innings and 122-run victory.

Tailender Umaid Asif showed he has the potential to become a decent lower-order batsman. Following his 97 in the second innings against Pakistan Television last week, Umaid bludgeoned nine boundaries in a top-score of 43 in 51 minutes as Lahore Whites were all out in 25.3 overs when left-armer Rumman cleaned up the right-hander.

UBL, in the process, regained their top spot with maximum 20 points, one ahead of Habib Bank Limited, who had whipped Rawalpindi by innings in less than two days of play on Wednesday.

Discarded Pakistan duo of Mohammad Irfan and Zulfiqar Babar shared seven second-innings wickets between them as defending champions deflated Faisalabad by 189 runs to gain six points in the Group ‘A’ encounter at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

Resuming at 83-5, the regional side were sent packing for 122 with the giant left-arm speedster Irfan returning figures of 4-29 in 10 overs, while slow left-armer finished with match haul of 10-71 from 42.2 overs as he followed his rich bag of 7-41 in the first innings with 3-30 on Friday.

Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) cruised to a six-wicket win against Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in remaining Group ‘B’ tie at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.

Chasing 166, KRL needed just 94 with nine wickets standing at start of play on the last day. In the end, they lost another three wickets before completing the task on hand.

Islamabad, widely expected, settled for three points after their Group ‘A’ game with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) petered out in a draw at the Diamond Club Ground in the federal capital.

But the game still had some late drama as SNGPL slumped to 50-4 after being set an impossible target of 339. But discarded Pakistan wicket-keeper/batsman Mohammad Rizwan batted his team to safety by hitting up an undefeated 109 out of a second-innings total of 180-0. The diminutive right-hander decorated his 156-ball effort with 15 fours and one six.

Earlier building on their lead of 42 on the first innings, the hosts extended their second-innings tally of 208-4 before declaring at 296-9. Faizan Riaz stood out with another superlative contribution as the right-hander converted his overnight score of 62 into an unconquered 114 (off 197 balls, 10 boundaries).

Faizan was also the major run-getter on Tuesday’s first day with 79.

The third round of matches is set to commence from Monday after a gap of two days between fixtures.

Second round:

Group ‘A’:

At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: Wapda bt Faisalabad by 189 runs.

WAPDA 142 in 58.3 overs (Mohammad Saad 32, Khushdil Shah 26; Atif Jabbar 3-23, Naseer Akram 3-48, Saeed Ajmal 2-20) and 339 in 101.2 overs (Kamran Akmal 139, Salman Butt 56, Khushdil Shah 32, Zulfiqar Babar 28; Ahmed Safi 4-87, Saeed Ajmal 2-45, Naseer Akram 2-72); FAISALABAD 170 in 71 overs (Ali Shan 51, Iftikhar Ahmed 25, Saeed Ajmal 21; Zulfiqar Babar 7-41) and 122 in 41.2 overs (Ali Shan 37; Mohammad Irfan 4-29, Zulfiqar Babar 3-30).

At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad: Match drawn.

ISLAMABAD 315 in 89 overs (Faizan Riaz 79, Shahid Yousuf 55, Mohammad Naqqash 42 not out, Abid Ali 37, Ali Sarfraz 30; Mohammad Hafeez 4-62, Samiullah Khan Niazi 3-81, Shadab Khan 2-43) and 296-9 declared in 102.5 overs (Faizan Riaz 114 not out, Sarmad Bhatti 43, Ali Sarfraz 40, Abid Ali 30; Iftikhar Ahmed 2-19, Bilawal Bhatti 2-75); SNGPL 273 in 87.5 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 103, Mohammad Hafeez 37; Ali Imran Pasha 4-85, Shehzad Azam Rana 2-46, Hamza Nadeem 2-83) and 180-6 in 58 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 109 not out; Hamza Nadeem 2-32, Ali Imran Pasha 2-49).

Group ‘B’:

At LCCA Ground, Lahore: UBL bt Lahore Whites by an innings and 122 runs.

LAHORE WHITES 289 in 109.5 overs (Rizwan Hussain 67, Fahad-ul-Haq 60, Anas Mahmood 52, Ameer Hamza 45; Sohail Khan 4-50, Sameen Gul 3-63, Rumman Raees Khan 2-55) and 88 in 25.3 overs (Umaid Asif 43; Rumman Raees Khan 9-25); UBL 499 in 127.5 overs (Saad Ali 175, Umar Siddique 115, Mohammad Nawaz 59, Sohaib Maqsood 38, Umair Khan 25; Adnan Rasool 5-134, Waqas Ahmed 2-48).

At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: KRL bt Fata by six wickets.

FATA 237 in 70.4 overs (Asif Afridi 64, Sohail Akhtar 61, Asad Afridi 33, Mohammad Naeem 25; Yasir Ali 4-48, Ahmed Bashir 4-59, Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-55) and 166 in 74.4 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 40, Samiullah 31, Asif Ali 30; Yasir Ali 5-41, Nauman Ali 3-16); KRL 238 in 85.1 overs (Jaahid Ali 80, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 46, Saeed Anwar Jr 46, Junaid Ali 32; Hafeez-ur-Rehman 3-54, Asif Afridi 3-59, Sajjad Hussain 2-56) and 166-4 in 66.3 overs (Sardar Hasan Raza 46, Usman Arshad 32, Saeed Anwar Jr 28 not out; Asif Ali 2-42).

Published in Dawn, October 7th, 2017

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