Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Kamran century guides WAPDA to win
A century by wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal led WAPDA to a six-wicket win over Peshawar in their fourth round Pool A fixture of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar yesterday.
Chasing 223, WAPDA resumed their innings on 72-4 and reached 224 without losing any more wickets courtesy an unbeaten 164-run partnership between Akmal (116) and opener Adnan Raees (69).
Meanwhile in a Pool B match, a half-century by Agha Sabir helped PIA defeat Rawalpindi by two wickets despite a 100-run knock by the latterâ€™s Sarmad Hameed.
Rawalpindi resumed their second innings on 256-6 and added 78 more runs before declaring their innings on 337-7 and giving a target of 260 runs to PIA.
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PIA, who scored 276 runs in their first innings, reached the target with the help of Sabirâ€™s 72-run knock off 83 balls â€” laced with 12 boundaries, and Fahad Iqbal and Anwar Aliâ€™s 38-run innings apiece. For Rawalpindi, Ataullah claimed four wickets while Abid Hassan took two.
Meanwhile, the other two fixtures of both pools ended in a draw.
In the Pool A match at the National Stadium of Karachi between Karachi Blues and SSGC, the former resumed their second innings on 185-2 and were on 448-7 at stumps.
The Karachi outfit had made 206 runs in the first innings, while their departmental counterparts had scored 424 runs; SSGC thereby were awarded the point courtesy their first innings lead.
Bowlers dominate as Lahore Blues on top against HBL
In a Pool B match at the LCCA Ground in Lahore between KRL and Lahore Whites, the former resumed their second innings on 123-4 and added 101 runs before declaring their innings on 224-6 and have a target of 318 runs, courtesy their first innings total of 352.
Lahore Whites were only able to make 229-5 at the end of play and fell 89 runs short of the target. Rizwan Hussain top-scored with his 126 off 187 balls, while Mohammad Waheed contributed 37 runs.
For KRL, Nayyer Abbas claimed two wickets.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 26th, 2016.