HBL, ZTBL, Karachi Blues win; PIA, NBP frustrated

KARACHI: While Habib Bank cantered to a crushing victory luck again deserted PIA as fine centuries from Saeed bin Nasir and Rizwan Ahmed helped secure an honourable draw for SSGC in the RBS Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship on Monday.

KRL, resuming at 167-4, were dismissed for 241 in the second innings at the National Stadium after Habib Bank set them a massive target of 477 with veteran opener Saeed Anwar Jr carrying his bat for 122. The left-hander batted for 312 minutes and faced 195 balls in his fighting knock that included 16 fours and two sixes.

Test spinners Abdur Rehman (4-65) and Danish Kaneria (3-82) shared the bowling honours as Habib Bank moved to the top of Group ‘A’ standings with maximum 18 points from two matches.

But PIA had to settle for just three points for the second game on the trot as Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) batted throughout the fourth and final day’s play at the UBL Sports Complex to reach 296-4 in the second innings after starting at 59-2.

SSGC’s saviours were skipper Saeed bin Nasir and Rizwan Ahmed who came together to share a fourth-wicket partnership of 169. Saeed, for the umpteenth time, nudged the national selectors with a magnificent innings of 126 – the talented 29-year-old right-hander’s 17th first-class ton – off 240 balls with 15 fours and one six in 349 minutes.

Rizwan finished on 117 not out – a knock lasting 291 minutes – off 198 balls with 10 fours and two sixes.

Karachi Blues, inspired by paceman Tanvir Ahmed’s career-best analysis of 8-53 in 16.5 overs, thrashed hosts Abbottabad by 200 runs to secure top spot in Group ‘B’ with their second straight win.

The 30-year-old Kuwait-born Tanvir finished with a match haul of 13-139 as Abbottabad were all out for 159 in the second innings after the visitors declared their second innings at 262-4 while extending their overall lead to 359. Asad Shafiq (103 not out off 158 balls, 11 fours) and Test discard Asim Kamal (87, nine fours and one six) put on 170 for the fourth wicket.

Wicket-keeper Javed Mansoor also played a big part in Karachi Blues’ success by taking nine catches in the match, including six in the second innings.

Our Sports Reporter adds from Lahore: Wapda nearly turned the tables on National Bank who struggled to draw a fascinating Group ‘A’ match at the Gaddafi Stadium which the bankers should have won.

Wapda, facing a deficit of 188 runs on the first innings, fought back superbly to total 413 after resuming their second innings at 381-9. Bilal Khilji, who was 141 overnight, was the last man out for a splendid 161 after adding 44 priceless runs for the final wicket with fellow left-hander Sarfraz Ahmed (18 not out).

National Bank, chasing a target of 226, then dramatically lost half their side for 40 runs with Pakistan paceman Rana Naved-ul-Hasan sending back Salman Butt (8), Umar Amin (1) and Fawad Alam for a first-ball duck in a hostile burst with the new ball. The lankly left-armer Sarfraz removed Nasir Jamshed (5) and skipper Kamran Akmal (17) but a defiant stand of 73 between Qaiser Abbas (44) and Naumanullah (52 not out) prevented Wapda from a famous win with the bankers hanging on grimly until the end to make 156-7.

Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) had no such problems in their opening fixture of the championship as they eased to victory by 97 runs over Lahore Shalimar at the LCCA Ground.

The regional outfit were all out for 310 after starting the final day at 166-3 in pursuit of a tough 408-run target. Opener Abid Ali added only five more to his Sunday’s tally of 81 while Salman Khan made 53. Pakistan star off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took 3-65 to finish with match figures of 7-118 in 58.5 overs.

Multan and Lahore Ravi, meanwhile, had to settle for three first-innings points after their Group ‘B’ matches against Sialkot and Faisalabad, respectively, were drawn.

Scores and results on Monday (final day of four):

Group ‘A’:

At National Stadium, Karachi: Habib Bank beat KRL by 235 runs.

HABIB BANK 222 in 59.2 overs (Hasan Raza 50, Ahmed Shahzad 39; Akhtar Ayub 3-41) and 384-9 declared in 96.3 overs (Taufiq Umar 154 not out, Hasan Raza 97, Umar Gul 47; Mohammad Irfan 7-113); KRL 130 in 44 overs (Saeed Anwar Jr 57; Danish Kaneria 4-32, Umar Gul 3-35) and 241 in 67.2 overs (Saeed Anwar Jr 122 not out, Bazid Khan 39; Abdur Rehman 4-65, Danish Kaneria 3-82).

At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: Match drawn.

PIA 320 in 115.3 overs (Kamran Sajid 97, Fahad Iqbal 79; Sohail Khan 5-102) and 277-5 declared in 51 overs (Khurram Manzoor 117, Kamran Sajid 71, Faisal Iqbal 40 not out); SSGC 153 in 54.3 overs (Saeed bin Nasir 49; Najaf Shah 6-39) and 296-4 in 101 overs (Saeed bin Nasir 126, Rizwan Ahmed 117 not out).

At Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore: Match drawn.

WAPDA 133 in 42.2 overs (Mohammad Yousuf 35; Mohammad Asif 5-35, Mohammad Talha 3-34) and 413 in 138 overs (Bilal Khilji 161, Aamir Sajjad 139); NATIONAL BANK 321 in 79.5 overs (Fawad Alam 154 not out, Umar Amin 43, Mohammad Aamir 37; Rana Naved-ul-Hasan 3-67, Azharullah 3-107) and 156-7 in 62 overs (Naumanullah 52 not out, Qaiser Abbas 44; Sarfraz Ahmed 3-30, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan 3-67).

At LCCA Ground: ZTBL beat Lahore Shalimar by 97 runs.

ZTBL 264 in 84.2 overs (Haris Sohail 64, Zulqarnain Haider 54 not out, Wajahatullah Wasti 42, Saeed Ajmal 33; Saad Nasim 3-53, Mohammad Naved 3-68) and 308-7 declared in 54 overs (Sohail Tanvir 116, Imran Nazir 71, Adnan Raza 61 not out; Mohammad Naved 4-119); LAHORE SHALIMAR 165 in 61.3 overs (Ahmed Dar 66, Ali Raza 37; Saeed Ajmal 4-53) and 310 in 108.5 overs (Abid Ali 86, Salman khan 53, Ali Raza 36 not out; Saeed Ajmal 3-65).

Group ‘B’:

At Lahore Country Club, Muridke: Match drawn.

LAHORE RAVI 328 in 131.4 overs (Kashif Siddique 178, Asim Naz 43, Ashraf Ali 40; Prince Abbas 3-49, Salman Ali 3-74) and 134-5 in 60 overs (Asim Naz 53 not out, Hassan Javed 37; Naved Arif 3-25; SIALKOT 271 in 128.1 overs (Ayub Dogar 64, Nayyar Abbas 59, Ayaz Tasawwar 50; Junaid Zia 3-58, Mohammad Irshad 3-75).

At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: Match drawn.

MULTAN 237 in 74.5 overs (Naved Yasin 43, Fayyaz-ul-Hasan 41; Ahmed Hayat 4-38) and 287 in 103.2 overs (Ghulam Fareed 88, Rameez Alam 51, Rizwan Haider 46; Zulqarnain 3-68); FAISALABAD 188 in 53.3 overs (Imran Ali 90 not out, Mohammad Salman 42; Abdur Rauf 5-76) and 235-6 in 93 overs (Imran Ali 63, Hassan Mahmood 56).

At Abbottabad Cricket Stadium: Karachi Blues beat Abbottabad by 200 runs.

KARACHI BLUES 335 in 103.1 overs (Ali Asad 113, Khalid Latif 103; M. Junaid Khan 7-94) and 262-4 declared in 58.3 overs (Asad Shafiq 103 not out, Asim Kamal 87); ABBOTTABAD 238 in 73 overs (Mohammad Kashif 49, Riaz Kail 42, Tanvir Ahmed 5-86, Mohammad Sami 4-65) and 159 in 57.5 overs (Adnan Raees 48, Mir Azam Khan 36; Tanvir Ahmed 8-53).

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