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March 2, 2006
With a blistering 115 and three wickets to boot, Imran Farhat led Lahore Eagles to victory over Multan Tigers by 30 runs. Choosing to bat first, Farhat set the pace for a big score, striking 13 fours and six sixes in his innings which came off only 62 balls. Abdur Rauf was the most successful bowler, claiming 3 for 34. Chasing 204, the Tigers were bowled out for 166 as Farhat, bowling his legbreaks, took three wickets to complete a fine all-round performance.
Defending champions Faisalabad Wolves face the danger of not qualifying for the semi-finals as they were trounced by Sialkot Stallions by six wickets. The Wolves had no answer to Mohammad Asif, who bagged the best bowling figures of the tournament so far with 5 for 11, and were bowled out for a paltry 98. Asif, as he showed in the Test match against India at Karachi, persisted with a stump-to-stump line as four of his five victims were out either bowled or leg before. Asif Hussain, the Faisalabad opener, started well, carting the fast bowlers over the infield, striking four fours and a six in his 28. His dismissal sparked off an embarrassing batting collapse, as the Wolves were bowled out in only 12.5 overs. The Stallions polished off the target at their own pace, as Faisal Naved top-scored with 34.
Peshawar Panthers cantered to an easy seven-wicket win against Rawalpindi Rams by seven wickets. Chasing 141, Yasir Hameed (69) and Aftab Alam (38) played sensibly to guide the Panthers to victory in the 19th over. After choosing to bat first, the Rams lost two early wickets to Umar Gul, the seamer. Asim Butt was the highest scorer with 44 but the rest failed to get going and post a challenging score.
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