Wasim gives Leopards thrilling win
Captain Imad Wasim clinched a thrilling one-wicket win for Islamabad Leopards against United Bank Limited at the Diamond Club Ground.Chasing 173, Leopards were 113 for 8 at one stage but Wasim took his team home with an unbeaten 75 to earn nine points.
UBL collapsed for 95 to Mudassar Ali's maiden five-for (5 for 24) after they were put in to bat. Only three batsmen scored in double-figures and Rumman Raees top-scored with an unbeaten 43 off 36. Leopards lost their openers for a duck but recovered with the help of Ali Sarfraz (41), Faizan Riaz (37) and Sarmad Bhatti (46*) to score 151, which secured a lead of 56 runs.
UBL improved on their first-innings performance and scored 228 in their second attempt. Naved Sarwar led the way with 81, even though Hamza Nadeem took 5 for 35. Leopards stuttered in their chase of 173 early, losing four wickets for 28 runs. Wasim came at No. 6 and offspinner Junaid Ilyas started running through the middle and lower order. Wasim's patient fifty with Mudassar unbeaten at the other end on 0 off 12 saw them through.
Water and Power Development Authority completed a second crushing win in two games, beating Peshawar Panthers by an innings and 99 runs. In the first round of games, too, WAPDA had won by an innings, meaning they've taken a maximum of ten points each in both matches.
This victory was crafted by their pace-bowling pair of Mohammad Ali and Waqas Maqsood, both of whom finished with eight-wicket match hauls. Panthers were inserted and hardly ever got going, falling to 109 not out in 35 overs. WAPDA made 278 in reply, a total build on a 179-run third-wicket stand between Iftikhar Ahmed and Ayaz Tasawwar. Iftikhar went on to make a career-best 107, and the lead he helped build proved to be way out of Panthers' reach.
They were even poorer in their second innings, lasting only 27 overs for 70, as Ali and Maqsood ripped through the line-up again. The game ended seven balls into day three.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited also won big to hand Lahore Lions their second defeat in the tournament. ZTBL were propelled by a fabulous all-round show from Sohail Tanvir, who claimed a five-for and scored a rapid hundred.
ZTBL chose to bowl and kept Lahore Lions well in check primarily courtesy the movement of Tanvir and the spin of Shoaib Malik. Tanvir finished with 5 for 42, and Lahore Lions finished with just 226, despite 82 coming from opener Arsalan Arshad.
Lahore Lions seemed like they might be getting back into the game when Tanvir, batting at No.7, came in at 190 for 5. He shut the door firmly in their faces, though, with 163 off 161 balls, including 20 fours and seven sixes. His knock lifted ZTBL to 431, and the lead of 205 proved to be more than enough to secure an innings win and the bonus point. Malik was among the wickets again in Lahore Lions' second innings, taking 4 for 49 - exactly the same figures as left-arm spinner Zohaib Khan's - to skittle out the opposition for 180.