Patron's Trophy wrap-up after Round-3
The end of Round 3 saw the Points Table take shape according to the relative strengths of the teams. The strong PIA team is in the driving seat and KRL and NBP are competing for 2nd place.
HBL v PIA
PIA easily overcame HBL by 7 wickets. PIA won the toss electing to bowl first and amazingly, wrapped up the HBL 1st innings for 27 runs. Fazl-e-Akbar was the main destroyer. He took 7 wickets in which he had a hat-trick, taking the last 4 wickets in successive balls. On their turn, PIA scored 269 and took a huge lead of 242. Shahid Nazir and Kabir Khan took 3 wickets each. HBL replied strongly, reaching 313 runs with the help of Younis Khan?s century and an entertaining half-century by Shahid Afridi, setting PIA an easy target of 72. PIA?s Fazl-e-Akbar grabbed another 5 wickets in the 2nd innings. Expectedly, PIA reached the target but lost 3 wickets.
ABL v WAPDA
The match between ABL and WAPDA ended in a draw after ABL won the toss and scored 451 in their 1st innings. Ijaz Ahmed Jnr and Rashid Latif had a major hand in that innings. Ijaz Ahmed made 103 and Rashid hit 81 runs. Aqeel Ahmed of WAPDA took 6 wickets. In response, WAPDA scored 306 runs and Adil Nisar was the highest scorer with 85 runs. ABL made 179 runs in their 2nd innings and set a target of 325. Ijaz Ahmed Jnr again batted well and made 75. At the close of play, WAPDA had scored 88 for 4 with the match ending in a draw.
ADBP v SGCP
ADBP defeated SGCP by 50 runs after SGCP won the toss and elected to bowl first. SGCP bowled ADBP out at a score of 118 runs in which Inam-ul-Haq scored 61. Abdur Rauf was the main striker for SGCP to grab 8 wickets. SGCP scored 136 runs in reply and took an 18 run 1st innings lead. ADBP scored 192 in their 2nd innings and gave SGCP a target of 175 runs to win. Abdur Rauf was again the top wicket taker, picking up another 6 wickets. However, SGCP could not manage and were bowled out at the score of 124.
CUSTOMS v NBP
NBP beat Customs by 6 wickets after winning the toss and deciding to bowl. Pakistan Customs was bowled out for 241 runs. Shadab Kabir was the main scorer with 51 runs. Mushtaq Ahmed took 6 Customs wickets with his leg-spin. NBP scored 404 runs in their 1st innings with Sajid Ali hitting 113 and took a 163 run lead over Pakistan Customs. Customs scored 309 in their 2nd innings while Azhar Shafiq was top scorer with 106 runs and set a 147 run target, easily achieved by NBP at the loss of 4 wickets.
KRL v PWD
The high scoring match played between KRL and PWD at the Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot ended in a draw. PWD won the toss and put in KRL who scored 457 in their 1st innings. Jaffar Nazir was top scorer with 80. PWD then surprised the experts through an excellent batting display and scored 592 runs in reply with centuries by Saad Wasim and Iqbal Imam. They ended up with a 135 run 1st innings lead over KRL. Yasir Arafat was KRL?s main bowler taking 6 wickets. In their 2nd innings KRL scored 315 for 1 with both openers making centuries. The match was ended in a draw.