President's Trophy, 2012-13 November 4, 2012

Tanvir Ahmed's 12 wickets in vain as NBP clinch close game

ESPNcricinfo staff

A crucial half-century by No. 8 Qaiser Abbas took National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to a two-wicket win against Port Qasim Authority (PQA) at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Chasing 211, NBP were in trouble at 122 for 6 when seamer Tanvir Ahmed, who took 12 wickets in the match, ran through the top order. But a defiant seventh wicket partnership of 84, led by Abbas, revived the chase and helped them secure victory.

Neither team dominated the low-scoring game but NBP were at a slight disadvantage after the first innings, when a seven-wicket haul by Ahmed bowled them out for 117, leaving them 33 behind. The last six wickets fell for 16 runs.

As PQA looked to consolidate on the lead and set their opponents a stiff target, fast bowler Umaid Asif took 5 for 55 to peg them back in their second innings. Umar Amin and No. 7 Daniyal Ahsan scored 42 and 45 respectively to help them reach 177 before being bowled out. Yet, a target of 211 meant NBP has to score the highest total in the match to win it.

After the early loss of opener Nasir Jamshed, NBP were given a platform by Sami Aslam and Umair Khan, and later Wahab Riaz. But three wickets for two runs changed the complexion of the game, with 129 runs still needed. Abbas sealed the chase with his 52 off 66 deliveries.

Despite the game being dominated by bowlers, fast bowler Riaz went wicketless in the game, and Mohammad Sami, who had taken seven wickets against Pakistan International Airlines a fortnight ago, took two wickets. Opener Jamshed managed only 11 runs across both innings.

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  • Wicky on November 6, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Extremely unlucky,he z way betr than cheema,sohail tanvir bt yes he z now too old to b considrd

  • Mel on November 6, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Tanvir Ahmed is a good bowler he was unfairly dropped and Cheema was brought and now Cheema has disappeared. Pakistan has plenty of Talent Check out 'Tabish Khan' on you tube.

  • Israr on November 5, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Yes I agree with all of you and PCB are doing exactly what you are saying. Please check his Profile...He is a new Youngster at tender age of 33 and 1/2 years.

    If you go back to Eng vs Pak Test Series When Ramiz Raja said to misbah you have some new youngsters referring to Rehman, and neither could stop laughing because he was 33 years old at the time.

  • Tahir on November 5, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    There are some bowlers in world cricket that takes wicket in their 1st wicket normally... Ravi Rampaul and Tanvir Ahmed are two of them... Did any one else notice that???

  • Saad on November 4, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    We have so many young talented players, what is PCB doing, we should bring in players like tanvir ahmed, shazaib hasan, babar azam. Tanvir ahmad was only given one chance in a t20 he bowled 3 overs gave 13 runs and took 1 wicket. As zaka ashraf said year 2013 is going to be a year of change in team, i hope we bring these new players in and ignore these senior players like Misbah ul haq.

  • Malik on November 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    I have hecked his profile he has taken 6 wkts in first match and the last match he played he bowled 12-1-32-2. He bowled less overs as ajmal and A.rehman were more productive on low and slow wicket in the match. With the bat he has 1 50+ and 1 30+ score what else you can expect from a lower order batsmen. Totally unfair with the guy and DONT KNOW WHAT IS THE PCB's selection criteria.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    he is such a great bowler Selector should give Him chance In next series against Ind

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