Strong Lahore Shalimar blow away Ravi
Lahore Shalimar 322 (U Akmal 77, Butt 70, K Akmal 53, Rasool 4-117) and 87 (Imam 52*) beat Lahore Ravi 153 (Riaz 9-59) and 255 (Shehzad 66, Abid 63) by ten wickets
A 12-wicket match haul from left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz, including a hat-trick, and a strong batting performance led Lahore Shalimar to a ten-wicket victory over Lahore Ravi in the first round of the Super Eights in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. Riaz took nine wickets in the first innings as Ravi were shot out for 153, and took three wickets in their second dig, when Ravi faced an innings defeat after a 169-run first-innings deficit. Some resolve by their batsmen, however, helped them set a target of 87, which Shalimar overhauled on the final day without the loss of a wicket.
Ravi's openers started positively when they batted first, putting on 70, before Riaz had them struggling at 124 for 9. Riaz's performance was backed up by half-centuries from Shalimar's opener Imran Butt, Umar Akmal and his brother Kamran, which strengthened their grip on the contest.
Ravi's openers scored half-centuries to help erase their deficit, but no other batsman scored beyond 25 as Ravi were bowled out for 255. Shalimar's Imam-ul-Haq scored an unbeaten 52 to help seal the victory.
Rawalpindi 362 (Shoaib 147, Naeem 101, Tanvir 59, Ifthikar 5-73, Nasrullah 4-87) and 187 for 4 (Amin 63) drew with Islamabad 196 (Majeed 78, Tanvir 4-47)
Centuries from Shoaib Ahmed and Babar Naeem helped Rawalpindi gain three points against Islamabad in a drawn game. The first day being washed out stole valuable time from the game, and by the end of the third day, when Islamabad scored 123 for 3, the possibility of an outright result was virtually over.
After being put in to bat, Rawalpindi lost three quick wickets to be struggling at 42 for 3, before a 177-run stand between Shoaib and Naeem helped them recover. Although wickets fell regularly thereafter, a knock of 59 from Sohail Tanvir helped them get past 350. Islamabad, in reply, stuttered throughout their innings, as besides opener Raheel Majeed, who scored 78, and Imad Wasim, no one put up much resistance. Tanvir and seamer Hammad Azam shared seven wickets between them.
With the lead being secured, the rest of the match didn't have much relevance. Umar Amin scored a half-century to lead Rawalpindi to 187 for 4, before the match was drawn.
Abbottabad 131 (Anwar 5-14) drew with Multan 220 for 4 (Anwar 100*)
In Swabi, the first two days of the Bottom Six match was washed out but an all-round effort from Saeed Anwar jnr helped Multan clinch a first-innings lead and three points against Multan. Left-arm spinner Anwar took 5 for 14 off 14 overs to help bowl Abbottabad out for 131, and scored an unbeaten century as Multan reached a strong 220 for 4 on the final day, before the match was drawn.
Abbottabad struggled after they were put in to bat as their top order flopped. No.7 Khalid Usman, who scored 30, was the top scorer as Anwar and fellow spinner Aamer Yamin took eight of their wickets. In reply, Multan lost the first wicket without a run being scored, before Zeeshan Ashraf, Yasir Butt and Anwar led the recovery.
Peshawar 0/0 and 322 for 7 dec (Nawaz 111, Rizwan 69*) drew with Quetta 0/0 and 261 for 8 (Asad 100, Bismillah 58)
Quetta narrowly avoided defeat in the other game of the group of the six bottom teams, against Peshawar at the Arbab Niaz Stadium. With the first day being washed out, both teams forfeited their first-innings to try chase an outright result.
A century from Nawaz Ahmed and an unbeaten half-century from Mohammad Rizwan took Peshawar to 322 for 7 on the third day. Opener Bismillah Khan, who scored 58, and No.3 Ali Asad, who scored a century, led Quetta's strong reply before a collapse had them losing four wickets for 21 runs. But lack of time prevented Peshawar to get the final two wickets.