NBP v SNGPL, Quaid-e-Aam Trophy Gold League, final December 26, 2014

SNGPL win title on first innings lead

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Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 543 (Rizwan 224, Khurram 120, Fawad Alam 3-33) and 28 for 0 drew with National Bank of Pakistan 242 (Nawaz 76, Abbas 59, Manzoor 5-43) and 508 (Kamran 137,Hasan 123, Aslam 122, Imran 5-85)
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited won on first-innings lead

A first-innings lead of 301 helped Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited take the Quaid-e-Azam Gold League title after a drawn final match against National Bank of Pakistan.

SNGPL batted through most of the second and third days to post 543 in their first innings, building on 224 from Mohammad Rizwan and a 120 from Khurram Shehzad. Their bowlers, led by Manzoor Khan's 5 for 43, had dismissed National Bank for 242. The pair also shared a 251-run stand for the fifth wicket, coming together at 165 for 4 before Shehzad was dismissed with the score at 416. Fawad Alam was the most successful bowler for NBP, taking 3 for 33 in 12 overs.

National Bank fought back in their second innings, as centuries from Kamran Akmal, Raza Hasan and opener Sami Aslam helped them wipe out the deficit and score 508. The side were struggling at 71 for 3 before a 221-run stand between Akmal and Aslam lifted them to 291. Yasir Shah broke the stand, dismissing Akmal for 137 and the SNGPL bowlers made quick inroads, reducing National Bank from 291 for 3 to 309 for 7. The lower order, however, rallied around Raza Hasan, who stitched important stands with Wahab Riaz and Zia-ul-Haq to lift the total to 508 and eat away SNGPL's chances of an outright win. Raza's maiden first-class hundred - 123 off 209 balls - had 14 fours and four sixes. SNGPL fast bowler Imran Ali, who was wicketless in the first innings, took 5 for 85.

Set a target of 208, the SNGPL openers faced just 10 overs before the game ended and reached a score of 28.

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  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    You Missed Ali Asad???? 2nd Highest Runs Getter In Gold League

  • Taimor on December 26, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    @ICCexpert: I agree with u that these young talented players deserve to be in the international team. However, it's a big gamble to say that how well they would do (altogether) in the Australian conditions against the top teams. I would honestly prefer this young team over our current Pakistan side. These players will give us HOPE and FORCE us to watch how talented these youngsters r.

    I'm so happy that Aslam and Imam r regularly playing FC matches. At the beginning, they never looked settled but now they r doing well (especially Aslam). Then, we have Baber Azam. I'm happy that PCB has picked this youngster regularly in the A side and in the practice games abroad. He is maturing really quickly and hopefully he will join the senior side soon - once the seniors retire.

    And finally, Rizwan, what a talent is this man. Who said that we can't produce wicket-keeper batsmans? He is just 22 and his average is great as well. PCB should focus on him as well. He is best back up keeper for us.

  • jhg on December 26, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    forget about players like Hafeez, Gul, Yunis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sohial Tanveer, KAmran Akmal, MAlik and Jamshed for the world cup. We Have talented players who have experience of playing in Australia and reaching the world cup final (under19) in Australian conditions, Fakhar Zaman, Hammad Azam, Kamran Ghulam, Zafar Gohar, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Zia-ul-haq, Sadaf Hussain, Mir Hamza, Raza Hassan deserve to be selected.

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