President's Trophy 2013-14 December 7, 2013

Ataullah, Alam take National Bank to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fawad Alam's 20th first-class ton, and an incisive bowling performance from medium-pacer Ataullah, who finished with match-figures of 10 for 122, helped National Bank of Pakistan to a comprehensive 10-wicket win over United Bank Limited in Islamabad inside three days.

Ataullah picked up four wickets in the first innings to run through a United Bank line-up which offered no resistance barring a 36 from Mohammad Irshad all the way down at No.11, and they were eventually bundled out for 129. National Bank's innings was propelled by Alam's 103, and his 84-run third-wicket stand with Umar Waheed, which propelled them to 285, and helped them secure a lead of 156.

United Bank needed a big total to claw their way back into the game, but their second essay with the bat wasn't any better than the first, as they folded for 160, with Ataullah once again shining with 6 for 64.

Set a paltry target of just 5, the openers Nasir Jamshed and Anwaar Hafeez took the team home in three overs.

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  • Idrees on December 7, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    please pick Fawad Alam. He's what Pakistan are crying for at the moment. Shehzahd, Hafeez, Sohaib, Misbah, FAWAD ALAM, U Akmal, Afridi, Bhatti/Gul, Ajmal, J Khan, Irfan. This would be a great ODI squad, and even Fawad in Tests is what would be great. Over 55 average in First Class cricket is amazing, please pick him. He's already 28 and I don't want us to pick him when he's like 33. He's a better batsman than Hafeez, so even drop him and get another solid batsman. Seriously what's wrong with Pakistan?! If we don't pick people like him because of politics or whatever, we'll just decline. He's such a good player, we need to pick him!!!!! WE NEED THIS GUY!!! I'M SURE MOST PAKISTANI'S AGREE WITH ME, THE ONES THAT DON'T PROBABLY WANT A LINEUP LIKE THIS: AFRIDI, NAZIR, AFRIDI, AFRIDI, AFRIDI, AFRIDI, RAZZAQ, AFRIDI, AFRIDI, AFRIDI, AFRIDI. (Razzaq is a good player though, I don't mind if he gets a run)

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