Sind Dolphins v NWFP Panthers, Pentangular One Day Cup, Karachi December 18, 2008

Manzoor and Iqbal steer Sind to easy win

Cricinfo staff

Sind Dolphins 235 for 5 (Manzoor 107*, Iqbal 83, Samiullah 2-34) beat North West Frontier Province Panthers 234 for 9 (Hameed 97, Sajjad 48, Sohail 3-32, Ayub 2-42) by five wickets

Khurram Manzoor guided Sind to a five-wicket win © Sohail Abbas

Khurram Manzoor's unbeaten 107, supported by a run-a-ball 83 from Faisal Iqbal, steered Sind Dolphins to their first win of the tournament, over North West Frontier Province Panthers in Karachi. Set 235, Sind lost two quick wickets but the 159-run stand between Manzoor and Iqbal put them on course for a comfortable five-wicket win with five overs to spare.

Sind chose to field after winning the toss, and opening bowler Anwar Ali struck twice to reduce NWFP to 40 for 2. Yasir Hameed anchored the innings, but he was dismissed three short of a century by Sohail Khan. Sohail was the pick of the Sind bowlers, with 3 for 32 off his ten overs. Anwar and Farhan Ayub took two wickets apiece, while Aamer Sajjad was the only one besides Hameed to go past 25.

Umar Gul and Samiullah Khan had Sind in trouble at 8 for 2, but Manzoor and Iqbal overcame the shaky start. Iqbal was the more aggressive of the two, scoring 83 in a stand of 159 with Manzoor. He was eventually caught behind off Junaid Khan, after hitting ten fours and a six in his 87-ball innings.

Shahid Afridi, the Sind captain, upped the run-rate with a brisk 25 off 13 balls, but he was dismissed by Samiullah. Fawad Alam was run out for a duck, but Sarfraz Ahmed and Manzoor, who made 107 off 136 balls, took their team to victory.

Sind move to second place in the points table with the win. They had suffered a narrow one-wicket loss to Baluchistan Bears in their first match of the tournament.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Punjab Stallions 3 3 0 0 0 12 +0.842 821/148.3 703/150.0
Sind Dolphins 2 1 1 0 0 4 +0.288 547/95.0 547/100.0
B Bears 3 1 2 0 0 4 -0.270 872/150.0 875/143.5
Fed Areas 2 1 1 0 0 4 -0.734 483/95.2 580/100.0
NWFP Panther 2 0 2 0 0 0 -0.424 446/100.0 464/95.0