KRL edge National Bank by two runs
Khan Research Laboratories successfully defended their middling total of 127, just edging National Bank of Pakistan by two runs at Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. A thrilling contest decided in the final over - that required eight more runs with the two set batsmen in Hammad Azam (20) and Fawad Alam (20*) in the middle. An economical over by Yasir Ali, conceded just five runs and claimed a wicket, as National Bank were kept to 125. National Bank's chase was nervy from the start. After ten overs, the score was 50, and despite Umar Waheed's 32 off 20 balls, runs continued to dry up with Fawad at the other end. KRL, earlier, had chosen to bat first, with Naved Yasin (29) and Saeed Anwar junior (36) helping the side get a decent total on the board to defend.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik both scored half-centuries to help Pakistan International Airlines beat State Bank of Pakistan by six wickets. The duo shared a 135-run stand for the third wicket to chase down 154 with four balls remaining. Malik remained unbeaten on 61 off 44 balls, with seven boundaries and a six, while Sarfaraz smashed 74 off 54 balls before being run-out. Earlier PIA opted to bowl first, brimming with confidence from an overnight show when they routed Pakistan TV by 10 wickets. However, Najaf Shah went wicketless in his four overs and conceded 41 runs. Aizaz Cheema finished with 2 for 19, but SBP went on to compile 154.
United Bank Limited captain Tariq Haroon blasted a 25-ball 48, before medium-pacer Asif Raza finished with 4 for 16 to help the team to a comprehensive 38-run win over Pakistan Television in Lahore. Haroon's knock, which included three fours and three sixes, helped United Bank build on the good start made by the openers Abid Ali and Ahsan Ali and power United Bank to 166 for 7 from their 20 overs. Pakistan TV, who were bundled out for 96 against Pakistan International Airlines on Friday, did not fare much better today, losing wickets regularly during the chase. Their only major contributions came from Zeeshan Mushtaq and Zohaib Ahmed, who made 41 and an unbeaten 52 respectively. But eight of their batsmen failed to reach double digits, as Raza ran through their line-up to restrict them to 128 for 8.
Water and Power Development Authority were comprehensively beaten by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited by 10 wickets, after being bundled out for 64 in 17.1 overs - the lowest domestic Twenty20 total in Pakistan. Sui Gas, despite losing their openers, needed only 9.3 overs to overhaul this paltry score, with Mohammad Rizwan's 16-ball 25 paving the way for an easy win.
WAPDA, put in to bat, were shaky right from the start, and lost wickets at regular intervals. They were reeling at 29 for 5 at one stage, as the seamers Imran Ali and Mohammad Farman picked up two wickets apiece to run through WAPDA's top order. Opener Muhammad Fayyaz and Ayaz Tasawwar were the only two batsmen to reach double digits, as the spinners Yasir Shah and Imran Khalid notched five scalps between them to remove the tail and set up an easy chase.
The victory takes Sui Gas up to second in Group B. One more win against Habib Bank Limited on Sunday will secure their place in the semi-finals. WAPDA, however, are rooted at the bottom without a single win to their credit.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited continued to dominate their group, beating Port Qasim Authority by eight wickets at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The win meant they finished their pool matches unbeaten, leading the points table with eight points. PQA, laden with flamboyant batsmen, began poorly, being reduced on 18 for 4. Khurrum Manzoor (20 off 26) with Mohammad Waqas (27 off 39) tried to rescue the team from the early wobble, but could not kick on from their stars and they crumbled further till Mohammad Talha knocked off 40 in 18 balls to help the side post 114. Imran Nazir and Sharjeel Khan responded swiftly - the pair piled up 50 in five overs before both were removed by left-arm spinner Azam Hussain (2-16). Then Yasir Hameed and Haris Sohail took their time to settle in, but got the team home with 10 balls to spare.