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Gul takes 11 to guide Habib Bank to win

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December 15, 2013

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Umar Gul gestures during a training session, Pallekele, September 22, 2012
File photo: Umar Gul finished with his second ten-wicket haul in first-class cricket © AFP
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Umar Gul's 11-wicket haul paved the way for Habib Bank's innings-and-60-run win over Port Qasim Authority in Sialkot.

Having chosen to bat, Port Qasim were routed for 65 in the first innings as Gul and Ehsan Adil bowled in tandem to pick up five wickets each. Gul finished with figures of 5 for 12 in 10 overs, while Adil took 5 for 48. A century from Shan Masood and a fifty from Aftab Alam helped Habib Bank reach 288, though they lost quick wickets towards the end to pacer Sohail Khan, who finished with figures of 4 for 72.

Port Qasim fared marginally better in their second innings, but still fell short of clearing the 223-run deficit. Gul dismantled the top and middle order, dismissing five of the top six batsmen. Mohammad Waqas, who had retired hurt on the second evening, scored a stubborn fifty, but couldn't stop Port Qasim from hurtling towards a defeat. The last-wicket stand between Mohammad Sami and Sohail Khan resisted, adding 34 runs before Sohail was dismissed with the score at 163.

United Bank Limited won their second match with a combined bowling effort from Tariq Haroon and Atif Maqbool who helped them move above Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited with a six-wicket win in Islamabad. Even though UBL conceded a two-run lead in the first innings, Haroon and Maqbool routed ZTBL for 136 in the second innings to put them in command.

ZTBL scored 235 in the first innings with a hundred from Yasir Hameed (108) even though the middle- and lower-order didn't score much. UBL were restricted to 233 by a nine-wicket haul from Imran Khan, his best first-class figures, as Saeed Bin Nasir top-scored with 97. Fiery spells from Haroon and Maqbool meant UBL had to chase 139, which they did with the help of Bismillah Khan (52) and Ali Asad (49*).

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Posted by   on (December 16, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

I am surprised to read that Umer Gul and Irfan are not consider for their fitness problem.Umer Gul is Performing in domestic cricket then how he has fitness problem.

Posted by xylofon on (December 16, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Gul, Junaid, M Amir & Ehsan Adil the best pace lineup in the world. Raza Hasan & Saeed Ajmal best spinners. We are lucky fans! At least if PCB would play them like this. They could protect even what little Pak batsmen can produce. ; )

Bhatti & Anwar are good but not that good, Irfan lacks physique, Im not talking about injuries but stamina. That is a whole different matter.

They mention Guls 11 which is great but Adil who isnt as famous took 7 wickets. Wish I couldve seen the match. Or highlights.

Rock on Pakistan!

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (December 16, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Gul, Irfan, Junaid and Bhatti a deadly combination for WC2014 in Australia.

Posted by t20cric on (December 15, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

I think PCB have some explaining to do now. How can an injured bowler take 11 wickets for 76 runs in 35 overs across 2 innings? If he can do all of this when injured then just think what he would do when completely fine. Now PCB have no reason to keep him out of the team, in fact if he was in the team we may have been already at no.1 t20 ranking with a big margin.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

i dont think how he is not fit then why he is playing domestic and performing like always.. he is the better bowler in the world and pakistan need him at this time.

Posted by chakay-pay-chaka on (December 15, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

According to the PCB he has failed a fitness test & has not done enough domestically ( since returning from his knee surgery) to be selected for the Sri Lanka series!! Well, here is mud in their face. He is obviously fit & very capable of demolishing the opposition. For those who think his recent performances were below par, that was mainly because he was bowling with an injured knee while delaying surgery. Despite that, he got the ICC bowling performance of the year in ODI's.

Posted by android_user on (December 15, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

and they said he failed the fitness test?

Posted by abidurrehman on (December 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Now you can check the wrong Policies of PCB they will not pick Umer Gul unless he looses his Rithem and Confidence

Posted by   on (December 15, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Gul shoud have been given chance in SL T20s atleast. How can Pakistan expect performances from him if he plays on World Cup T20 only

Posted by Sports4Youth on (December 15, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

The captains and the selectorst are fed up of Umar Gul. In the last 3 years he was given the job of the leading the attack but hid performance was pathetic. Now the selectors have decided to move on, or so it appears.

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