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February 21, 2013
Karachi Blues 265 (Zaman 64, Haroon 61, Irshad 5-81) and 121 for 2 (Zaman 61, Rehman 47) beat Lahore Ravi 175 (Akmal 56) and 209 (Mirza 70, Akmal 54, Anwar 5-61) by eight wickets
With an all-round performance, the Karachi Blues secured an eight-wicket victory against Lahore Ravi at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Lahore, after being put into bat, stumbled to 6 for 3. After a 48-run stand for the fifth wicket, they suffered another collapse as they lost four wickets for only 19 runs. A half-century from Adnan Akmal got them to 175.
The Blues, in their first dig, put up a competitive 265. Fakhar Zaman top-scored with 64, with Tariq Haroon contributing 61. Mohammad Irshad's 5 for 81 helped keep the Blues in check through the course of their innings.
After conceding a 90-run lead, Ravi were in trouble as they were reduced to 57 for 4 through an effective bowling performance from Anwar Ali, who took 5 for 61. A 124-run stand between Akmal and Mirza steadied the innings, but Ravi lost six wickets quickly after that, and folded for 209. The Blues' batsmen went about their 120-run chase quickly, sealing the match on the third day.
Sialkot 563 (Ayub 160, Malik 152, Jahangir 92) beat Rawalpindi 294 (Amin 75, Mufti 54, Bhatti 4-71) and 209 (Naeem 71, Ahmed 53, Malik 5-64) by an innings and 60 runs
Centuries from Mohammad Ayub and Shoaib Malik, who also took a decisive five-wicket haul in the second innings, helped Sialkot beat Rawalpindi by an innings and 60 runs.
Rawalpindi were put into bat, and they were unable to build substantial partnerships over the course of their innings. Umar Amin, who top-scored with 75, and Adnan Mufti, who scored 54, were the chief contributors. Bilawal Bhatti was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 71 as Rawalpindi were dismissed for 294.
Sialkot, in reply, started well, with opener Majid Jahangir scoring 92. Ayub and Malik were then involved in a 225-run stand for the fourth wicket. Contributions towards the end from Mansoor Amjad (54) and Zeeshan Mushtaq (32) helped push Sialkot to 563, before they declared with seven wickets down, giving them a 269-run lead.
The Sialkot bowlers reduced Rawalpindi, in their second dig, to 76 for 4 before Shoaib Ahmed and Babar Naeem put on a 111-run stand for the fifth wicket. Rawalpindi lost their next five wickets for just 22 runs, as Malik and Bhatti combined to bundle them out for 209.
The win puts them on top of the points table, after three matches.
Bahawalpur 292 (Hamid 89, Rafiq 66, 6-46) and 376 (Khilji 74, Hamid 72, Sajjad 5-62) drew with Peshawar 172 (Jamaluddin 82, Kamran 5-44) and 149 for 4 (Rizwan 53)
Bahawalpur take first-innings points
Bahawalpur are at the top of the Six Bottom Teams Pool B after taking points for a first-innings lead against Peshwar at the Mirpur Cricket Stadium. Half-centuries from Hamid Ali and captain Rehan Rafiq helped Bahawalpur reach 292 in the first innings, though Afaq Ahmed picked up six wickets. Seamer Kamran Hussain then bagged a five-for to bowl out Peshawar for 172, giving his team a lead of 120. There were four half-centurions for Bahawalpur in the second innings, Hamid and Rafiq being among the runs again. Peshwar just batted 31 overs in the fourth innings after being set 497 to win, and finished at 149 for 4.
Faisalabad 256 (Waqas 105*, Babar 6-77) and 198 (Shahid 30, Haider 3-38, Yamin 3-46) drew with Multan 250 (Maqsood 65, Haider 54, Samiullah 7-52) and 45 for 3
Faisalabad take first-innings points
Faisalabad picked up three points by narrowly edging out Multan in the first innings in a drawn game at the Multan Cricket Stadium; they keep their place at the top of the Six Bottom Teams in Pool A. Ali Waqas held the innings together with an unbeaten 105, and took his team to 256. Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar picked up 6 for 77. Multan fell just six runs short in their response, being bowled out for 250. They had been struggling at 156 for 8 but Rizwan Haider (54) and wicketkeeper Maqbool Ahmed (48*) took them to within six runs of Faisalabad's score. However, the last two wickets were both bagged by left-arm seamer Samiullah Khan, who finished with a seven-for, with the score on 250. Faisalabad were bowled out for 198 in the second innings but there wasn't enough time for Multan to chase down 206 for victory, as they could bat just 18 overs in the fourth innings.
Islamabad 414 (Masood 199, Sami 3-78) drew with Karachi Whites 209 (Latif 59, Iftikhar 3-31, Wasim 3-61) and 325 for 5 (Alam 127, Latif 123)
Islamabad take first-innings points
Islamabad picked up first-innings points against Karachi Whites to find themselves in third place in Super Eights Group A. Shan Masood made 199 to help them post 414 in the first innings. A collective bowling effort ensured Islamabad were able to keep Karachi to just 209 in the first innings and enforce a follow-on. There were no significant contributions for Karachi apart from half-centuries from Shahzaib Hasan and Khalid Latif. Iftikhar Anjum and Imad Wasim picked up three wickets each. Latif and Fawad Alam hit centuries for Karachi after following-on to get their team to 325 for 5 by the close.
Lahore Shalimar 473 for 7 dec (Butt 126, Akmal 119) and 309 for 4 dec (Butt 81, Akmal 71) drew with Hyderabad 258 (Mahmood 60*, Mir 57, Irfan 3-78) and 28 for 0
Lahore Shalimar take first-innings points
Lahore Shalimar gained a first-innings lead over Hyderabad to finish second in the Super Eight Group B. Centuries from Imran Butt and Umar Akmal took them to 473 and the bowlers responded by bowling out Hyderabad for 258. Mohammad Irfan collected three wickets. Lahore were dominating with the bat in the second innings, smashing 309 runs - four batsmen hit half-centuries - in 50 overs and giving Hyderabad just under six overs to bat in the fourth innings.
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