QEA Trophy 2012-13 January 17, 2013

Irfan bowls Lahore Shalimar to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

A five-wicket haul by the left-arm spinner Mohammad Irfan helped Lahore Shalimar to a 222-run win over Abbottabad in Swabi. Centuries by Imran Butt and Fahad-ul-Haq helped Lahore set Abbottabad an improbable 481, but they folded up for 258 on the final day, giving Lahore their second win of the tournament.

An astonishing 16 wickets tumbled on the opening day, with Abbottabad reeling at 29 for 6 after restricting Lahore to 199. Local boy Fazl-e-Rabbi, the right-arm seamer, took 4 for 56 while the left-arm spinner Khalid Usman took 4 for 55 to bowl out Lahore within 60 overs. Aamer Sajjad was the top scorer for Lahore with 60.

The Lahore seamers decimated the Abbottabad top order, with Aizaz Cheema leading the way with 4 for 43. There was hardly any resistance from the lower order as Abbottabad folded for 104 on the second day. Zia-ul-Haq, the left-arm seamer, ran through the lower order to finish with 4 for 24.

The most decisive partnership of the game was the 236 for the second wicket between the Lahore pair of Butt and Fahad. They came together at the fall of the first wicket on 18 and strengthened Lahore's position with centuries. Butt's 124 included 17 fours, while Fahad's 121 included 16 fours. Salman Ali and Saad Nasim made unbeaten fifties before the captain Fahad declared.

Abbottabad performed marginally better in the second innings but at the end of the third day they were struggling at 150 or 6. Irfan rattled Abbottabad with four top-order wickets. Hammad Ali helped himself to an unbeaten fifty at No.9, before Irfan rounded off the match with his fifth wicket.

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  • Afaq on January 18, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @Sinhya: It is not the message. It is propaganda that you want to spread out. The real name of the identity you want to show is "Sinhaya" and he is the Srilankan fellow, a very supportive and positive minded who leaves positive comments on this forum. Now whatever you do, you are exposed!!!

  • Naveed on January 17, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    This is fake sinhya commenting here. Real sinhya is very suppprtive to pak. Its an indian or bangladeshi pretending to be srilankan.

  • kanas on January 17, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @a.syed81: Everyone's doubting my identity, well doesn't matter, the message should reach out, that matters more for me!!

  • a on January 17, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    @Sinhya Why I'm finding it so hard to believe that you've a lankan and not an Indian (who have blue tears in eyes after recent pak tour). Sri Lankans always give and take respect from pak cricket fans.

  • Mustafa on January 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    i think its seamer not spinner?

  • Afaq on January 17, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @Sinhya: You don't seem to belong where you want to show your nationality of. Sri Lankans are pretty much respected by Pakistanis and they respect us in the same way. I think you are some sort of trouble maker and want to initiate something which we will surely not. Get a life and then take a hike!!!

  • A on January 17, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    @Sinhya Easily dispatched? Junaid Khan has multiple 5 wickets hauls against Srilanka in test matches. So... :)

  • kanas on January 17, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    these club bowlers will be easily dispatched by sanga mahela and dilshan, the same junaid khan was dealt easily and we won the test series 1-0 at home in lanka, won't it be easy to play these bowlers then?

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