Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Kamran century guides WAPDA to win

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 latter’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 Sabir’s 72-run knock off 83 balls — laced with 12 boundaries, and Fahad Iqbal and Anwar Ali’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.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win


Tabish Khan’s five-wicket haul steered Karachi Whites to their first victory of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy yesterday as the team defeated PIA by five wickets in Pool B’s first-round fixture at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi.

Resuming their innings on 148-8, PIA could only add 29 runs to their tally before Tabish picked up their remaining wickets to restrict them to 177 in 56.4 overs, taking his bowling figures to 5-29. Meanwhile, Azam Hussain took three wickets and Faraz Ali two.

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Chasing 185, Karachi Whites reached the target in 38 overs with five wickets to spare as Babar Agha scored 48 runs along with an unbeaten 36-run knock by Behram Khan.

In the other Pool B match, another five-wicket haul was the highlight as Attaullah helped Rawalpindi restrict KRL to 181 in their second innings, setting a target of 243 for Rawalpindi. At the end of play, Rawalpindi were batting on 156-6, needing 87 more runs to win on the last day with four wickets in hand and Sohail Tanvir (62) with Talha Qureshi (12) on the crease.

Meanwhile, FATA resumed their first innings on 241-5 and added 118 runs to take their score to 359. SNGPL, leading by 134 runs, began their second innings and declared after scoring 234-4 to set a target of 362 for FATA. At stumps, FATA were batting on 38-2.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Pasha gives Karachi Whites the blues

At the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, NBP picked up their first innings from 193-5 against Lahore Whites and went on to accumulate a total of 324 runs. By the end of the day, Lahore Whites were playing their second innings on 82-5 with a lead of 16 runs.

In pool A matches, Wapda’s Muhammad Irfan took five wickets to restrict Lahore Blues to 140 runs, forcing them to follow-on. As play closed, Lahore Blues were batting on 145-3 in their second innings, trailing by 45 runs.

At Arbab Niaz Stadium, HBL’s Ammad Butt bagged four wickets to help his team dismiss Peshawar for 239 runs in their first innings. HBL, leading by 223 runs, added 147 more to their total before declaring on 147-7, setting a target of 370. Peshawar finished the day on 86-2 in their second innings.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.