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November 21, 2013
Rawalpindi Rams registered their fourth successive win and cemented their place at the top of the Group I battle with a narrow two-wicket victory over Sialkot Stallions. Rawalpindi were comfortable in a chase of 220 at 124 for 3 but a few quick wickets pegged them back. However, they went past the target in the 43rd over. Babar Naeem, top-scored for the side with 68 off 74 balls, including seven fours. Naeem also picked up two wickets for 31 runs to restrict the Sialkot innings to 219 for 7. Sialkot were hurt by regular strikes and although Majid Jehangir and Nasir Iqbal scored 44 and 40 respectively, the remaining batsmen floundered after getting starts.
Bahawalpur Stags registered their first win, thrashing Lahore Eagles by 113 runs. Put in to bat first, Bahawalpur were restricted to 228 for 9, boosted by forties from opener Jawad Hussain (49) and wicketkeeper Faisal Mubashir (47) and an unbeaten 39 from Jahanzeb Khan. Lahore's reply never took off and at one point the side were 81 for 6. Afraseem Hussain led the Bahawalpur bowlers, dismissing both openers and middle-order batsman Muntazir Mehdi to finish with figures of 3 for 23 as Lahore folded for 115.
Fifties from Mohammad Idrees and Peshawar Panthers' captain Jamaluddin, and a five-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Jibran Khan, helped Peshawar secure a 21-run win over Abbottabad Falcons. Set a target of 281, Abbottabad lost eight wickets to the left-arm spin pair of Jibran and Mohammad Adnan. Jibran cleaned up the lower middle order and the tail-end to finish with figures of 5 for 42, his maiden five-for in List A cricket, while Adnan took three wickets for 45 runs as Abbottabad were dismissed for 259. Mohammad Naeem top-scored for Abbottabad with a 64-ball 98. Earlier, Idrees and Jamaluddin led their team's charge after the side won the toss and chose to bat first. Idrees scored a 45-ball 52, while Jamaluddin hammered 51 off 29 balls with 12 fours. A late-order collapse, where Peshawar lost their last six wickets for 32 runs, saw the side restricted to 280. Pace bowler Umair Khan picked up 4 for 39, while left-arm seamer Irad Ali picked up 3 for 69 on his List A debut.
Half-centuries by Ammar Mahmood and Hamza Zaheer helped Faisalabad Wolves to an easy eight-wicket win over Quetta Bears at Iqbal Stadium. Chasing 166, the pair added 113 for the second wicket, with Mahmood remaining unbeaten on 75 off 89 balls and Zaheer falling for 55. Faisalabad had inserted Quetta and had them in trouble at 20 for 3. Ata-ur-Rehman and Mohammad Farhan scored 46 each to show some resistance but Quetta suffered because they couldn't stage substantial partnerships. Waqas Masood and Asad Ali took three wickets apiece to restrict Quetta to a below-par 165.
At Multan Cricket Stadium, a pair of unbeaten half-centuries by Mohammad Waris and Aamer Yamin helped Multan Tigers to a five-wicket win over Hyderabad Hawks. Chasing 220, the game was evenly poised when Multan were at 116 for 5. Waris and Yamin scored 58 and 63 respectively to see them through with just under two overs to spare. Earlier, after Hyderabad were put in to bat, the openers fell without scoring. The middle order then made contributions, with Taj Wasan top-scoring with 52. Nearly all the bowlers chipped in, with Ali Usman taking 3 for 29.
Lahore Lions overcame a late assault by Mohammad Irfan and Hamza Nadeem to sneak home by 13 runs against Islamabad Leopards at Diamond Club Ground. Chasing 270, Lahore were in trouble at 167 for 7 before Irfan and Nadeem added a brisk 88. Nadeem smashed 55 off 30 balls before he was dismissed with Lahore needing another 15. Irfan remained unbeaten with 40 off 32 balls. Lahore, after opting to bat, were carried by half-centuries by the opener Imran Butt (72) and middle-order batsman Agha Salman (57). They were 192 for 6 at one stage before the lower order stepped up to push the score to 269.
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