ABN AMRO Cup, Gold League March 6, 2007

Manzoor and Raza star for Karachi Zebras

Cricinfo staff

Powered by centuries from Khurram Manzoor and Hasan Raza Karachi Zebras crushed Lahore Eagles by 152 runs . Put into bat, the Zebras rode on the back of the unbroken 200-run partnership between Manzoor and Raza to reach a huge 307 in their allotted overs. Rajesh Ramesh and Tanvir Ahmed rocked the top-order as Lahore Eagles slipped to a dismal 54 for 6, a position from which they never recovered.

Rawalpindi Rams tasted their first win with a thrilling eight-run victory over Faisalabad Wolves. Rams were struggling at 115 for 5 when Usman Saeed took control and guided them to a competitive 225 with a 121-ball 95. Babar Naeem grabbed four top-order wickets to leave the Wolves tottering at 94 for 6 before a 102-run partnership between Mohammad Laeeq and Mohammad Salman steadied the chase. Laeeq's run out opened the gates and Akhtar Ayub crashed through with a three-wicket haul as Wolves collapsed from 214 for 7 to be dismissed for 217.

A disciplined batting and bowling performance saw Karachi Dolphins register a 36-run upset victory over the favourites Sialkot Stallions. Nearly all the batsman got a start - four crossed 40 as the Dolphins reached a healthy 266. Stallions got to a decent start, reaching 54 without any loss of wickets but Anwar Ali struck twice in quick succession to peg them back. Stallions rallied through a half-century from Shahid Yousuf and were placed at 203 for 5 before falling in a heap the end. Fawad Alam and Atif Maqbool did the damage with the ball as five wickets fell for the addition of only 27 runs.