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February 10, 2013
Karachi Blues 205 (Manzoor 62, Lal Kumar 5-49) and 329 (Rehman 161) beat Hyderabad 141 (Haroon 4-24, Anwar 3-27) and 279 (Sharjeel 101, Akbar 2-2) by 114 runs
Karachi Blues pacers set up a 114-run win on the last day of their first Super Eight fixture against Hyderabad. Set a target of 394, Hyderabad started the last day on 164 for 4 and the Blues' bowlers took less than 40 overs to dismiss them for 279. Only Sharjeel Khan anchored the innings at the top with an 80-ball 101, but the remaining batsmen could not provide much resistance against the Blues pacers.
Once Hyderabad chose to field on the first day, left-arm quick Lal Kumar picked five wickets to curb the Blues innings to 205 after Khurram Manzoor made 62. They were struggling at 154 for 9 but 41 runs from No. 10, Tabish Khan, took them past 200. Blues then turned the tables with their bowling, led by Tariq Haroon who finished with 4 for 24, to earn a 64-run lead. In the second innings, Blues piled up 329 with the help of 161 from Rehman and a fifty from Tabish Khan which set the stage for the Blues bowlers to finish the things on the last day.
Sialkot 254 (Jahangir 57, Maqbool 6-119) and 184 for 3 (Jahangir 101) drew with Karachi Whites 238 (Mohtashim 69, Nayyer 4-79)
The group A fixture in Islamabad, between Sialkot and Karachi Whites, ended in a drab draw after no play was possible on the first day. After Sialkot were put in to bat, their middle order batsmen helped them score 254, even though Atif Maqbool dismissed four of their top five batsmen. Karachi Whites looked set for a first-innings lead, being 132 for 1 at one stage, but Nayyer Abbas, Shoaib Malik and Ali Khan restricted them to 238 which eventually got them three points.
Sialkot batted again and Majid Jahangir scored a hundred on the last day but not much was left for them to achieve by then.
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