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March 9, 2012
Zain Abbas made an unbeaten century to lead Khan Research Laboratories into the final with an eight-wicket win over Lahore Eagles at National Stadium. KRL took their time to chase the modest target of 220, easing to victory in 47 overs with Abbas finishing on 105 off 144 deliveries. Ali Khan (50) helped Abbas in getting the chase off to a solid start with an opening stand of 108. Saeed Anwar was around to support Abbas till the end. The KRL bowlers had earlier restricted Lahore to 219 for 9. Lahore had a disastrous start when they lost their openers without a run scored. They continued to lose wickets and but for a patient 76 from captain Usman Salahuddin and useful knocks from Mohammad Irfan and Tanzeel Altaf down the order, would have struggled to go past 200.
In another one-sided match, United Bank thrashed Quetta Bears by nine wickets as they chased down 193 with nearly 12 overs to spare in Karachi. Again, a strong opening partnership laid the platform for the win, with Adnan Baig and Ali Asad adding 75. After Baig departed for a quick 47, Asad and Saad Sukhail motored to unbeaten half-centuries to bring up the win in the 39th over. Asad was unbeaten on 84 off 119 while Sukhail made 50 off 68. Quetta had struggled to 192 with captain Taimur Ali (53) the lone batsman to make an impact. Mohammad Irshad took three wickets for United Bank.
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