Kamran Akmal ton in big National Bank victory
An all-round showing from National Bank of Pakistan helped them to a innings win against Multan Tigers, and a full quota of 10 points. The loss was Tigers' fourth in four games, and consigns them to the bottom of the table.
National Bank were well on their way to victory on day one, when their bowlers routed Tigers for 68. The slide was triggered by medium pacer Hammad Azam, and he went on to claim the best figures inning the innings, 4 for 41, as Tigers were shot out in under 29 overs.
The response was built around centuries from Kamran Akmal and Akbar-ur-Rehman. Kamran's hundred came at a good pace too, 126 off 159 with 18 fours at a strike-rate touching 80. That carried National Bank to 390, and their bowlers did not let them down in Tigers' second innings either. While Tigers put in a more respectable performance courtesy fifties from Ahmed Rasheed and Gulraiz Sadaf, they could not make National Bank bat again. This time the lead bowler for National Bank was their other new-ball bowler, Zia-ul-Haq.
Port Qasim Authority dominated Peshawar Panthers, winning by 196, driven by top showings from their new-ball pair of Mohammad Sami and Abdur Rauf - both claimed match hauls of eight, and Sami did more than his share of the work with the bat too.
Things did not begin too well for Port Qasim after Panthers asked them to bat - a five-for from fast bowler Azizullah kept them to 166 - but Panthers still could not take the lead. A seven-for from Sami saw to that, helping Port Qasim roll them for just 126.
Port Qasim then took control in the second innings, powering to 376 for 9 declared at over four to the over courtesy knocks of 96 apiece from opener Khurram Manzoor and No. 3 Umar Amin, and 65 off 62 balls from Sami. Sami's knock included five sixes.
In the face of a target of 417, Panthers' went for the runs and quickly wilted, even as Rauf helped himself to a seven-for. Panthers were all out for 220, in just 39 overs.