Patrons Trophy Championship, Quadrangular Stage December 12, 2006

Afridi century sets WAPDA steep target

WAPDA 72 (Masood 3-11, Afridi 3-18) and 107 for 4 trail HBL 125 and 393 (Afridi 100, Mushtaq 5-125, Raza 3-79) by 393 runs

Shahid Afridi's second-innings century for Habib Bank Limited (HBL) helped set Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) a target of 393 runs to chase in a little over two days of their Patrons Trophy Quadrangular stage match at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex Stadium in Karachi

On the first day Afridi helped his team raise a first-innings score of 125 with his 55-ball 51. Then as WAPDA were skittled out for 72 he held two catches in the field and got 3 for 18 with his legbreak bowling.

HBL resumed day two at 80 for 2 and Afridi got to his hundred from 91 balls with nine fours and five sixes. Coming to the wicket after Khaqan Arsal (87) and Asim Kamal (30) had added 87 for the third wicket Afridi had a crucial 66-run eighth-wicket partnership with Kamran Hussain (32).

Chasing this rather steep target of 393 WAPDA had lost four wickets for 107 runs by the end of the day, with Afridi adding another wicket in the four overs he bowled. Mushtaq Ahmed, the former Pakistan legspinner and WAPDA captain, picked up five wickets for 125 runs in his 25.5 overs. His team, however, still requires another 286 runs to win this game with only six wickets in hand.

ZTBL 131 for 3 (Raheem 68*) trail KRL 407 (Anwar jnr 130, Zulfiqar 100, Arafat 51, Sabir 4-84) by 27 runs

Zulfiqar Jan and Saeed Anwar jnr cracked brilliant centuries as Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) posted 407 runs in their first innings, on day two of their Quadrangular Stage Patron's Trophy Cricket Championship match against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) at the United Bank Limited Sports Complex Ground in.

ZTBL in reply were 131 for 3 in their first innings. Afaq Raheem, the ZTBL opener, was batting at 68 and Faisal Naved with eight were at the crease at the close of day two.

While Zulfiqar took four and a half hours to reach his third first-class century Anwar made 130 off 219 balls in their 206-run partnership for the third wicket. Yasir Arafat then hit 51 off 80 balls with four fours and a six. Imran Sabir, right-arm fast-medium bowler, picked up four wickets for ZT