ABN AMRO Cup, Gold League March 6, 2007

Maqbool's career-best haul takes Dolphins to 96-run win

Cricinfo staff

Qaiser Abbas led Sialkot Stallions to a five-wicket win over Rawalpindi Rams with a quickfire 95 at the United Bank Limited Sports Complex in Karachi. Abbas added 133 for the second wicket with Mansoor Amjad who scored 56 before he was caught behind off Akhtar Ayub, Rawalpindi's right-arm medium fast bowler. Rawalpindi had managed 244 in their 50 overs through Babar Naeem's fine 99 off 86 balls. Sialkot reached the target with 35 balls to spare.

Atif Maqbool's career-best 5 for 21 took Karachi Dolphins to a comprehensive 96-run victory against Faisalabad Wolves at National Stadium in Karachi. A late charge by No. 7 batsman Tariq Haroon - unbeaten on 106 - powered Karachi to 297 in their 50 overs. Then Maqbool set to wind up the Faisalabad batsman with his offbreaks. Faisalabad never recovered after he broke the first-wicket partnership worth 77 runs. A fighting half-century by Misbah-ul-Haq, the Faisalabad captain, could not revive their innings and they were bowled out for 201 inside 44 overs.

Fazl-e-Akbar's five-wicket haul helped the Peshawar Panthers defend their modest total of 235 and beat the Karachi Zebras by 49 runs at the Ashgar Ali Shah Stadium in Karachi. Akbar, a right-arm fast-medium bowler, dismissed the Karachi openers for 17 runs and then the wickets kept falling at regular intervals - more often than not to Akbar himself - as no Karachi batsman scored more than 37.Mohammad Fayyaz made 89 for Peshawar in their innings.