Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Final, 3rd day March 5, 2009

Ajmal and Naqvi pull it back for KRL

Cricinfo staff

Khan Research Laboratories 15 for 1 and 296 trail Sialkot 386 (Naeemuddin 135, Younis 86, Ajmal 5-105) by 75 runs

Saeed Ajmal, the offspinner, took 5 for 105 to help Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) fight back against Sialkot at the Jinnah Stadium, restricting their lead to 90 when it seemed at one stage that the opposition would bat them out of the game. Beginning the day in a dominant position at 189 for 1, overnight batsman Naeemuddin progressed to complete his fourth first-class century, and was involved in a couple of fruitful partnerships which took his team past the KRL score of 296. He added 83 with Bilal Azmat and a further 90 with captain Mohammad Ayub as Sialkot were coasting along at 323 for 2.

However, Ali Naqvi, the former Pakistan international, provided the breakthrough, ending the threatening stand and triggering a collapse in which Sialkot lost their last seven wickets for 63, with Ajmal's five-for doing much of the damage. Middle-order batsmen Ayaz Tassawar, Haris Sohail and Nayyer Abbas each got to double figures but failed to consolidate as KRL, who seemed to be staring at the possibility of a massive first-innings lead at one stage, managed to get things back under control.

But they suffered a setback just before the close, losing Saeed Anwar jnr as Sialkot ended the day with a slight advantage as a result of a lesser than expected, yet crucial, lead.