Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, 8th round, 3rd day

HBL continue winning run

Cricinfo staff

November 23, 2009

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Group A

Habib Bank Limited eased to a ten-wicket win over Pakistan International Airlines in Islamabad. They gained a lead of 123, and bowled out PIA for just that score with left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman increasing his match haul to ten wickets by taking 4 for 31. HBL are at the top of the Group A table with six wins from eight games.

Karachi Whites, after gaining a lead of 215, decided to impose the follow-on on Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in Karachi. SNGPL put in a better performance with the bat in their second innings, reaching 353 for 8 at stumps, thanks to three half-centuries from their batsmen, and got into the lead; they are only 138 ahead though, with Misbah Khan taking five wickets.

Pakistan Customs capitulated to the bowling of Uzair-ul-Haq at the National Ground, losing by an innings and 23 runs against National Bank of Pakistan. Uzair took 6 for 67, and despite opener Jibran Khan's 98, PIA failed to erase the deficit of 219. NBP are now third on the Group A table.

Four-wicket hauls from Shakeel-ur-Rehman and Dilawar Khan helped Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited bowl out Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited for 345 but not before they had gained a lead of 81 at the Gaddafi Stadium. In reply, ZTBL were struggling at 80 for 4 at stumps.

Rafatullah Mohmand scored 148, Ali Azmat made 87 and there were important contributions from the lower order that boosted Water and Power Development Authority to 462 in Rawalpindi. In reply, Khan Research Laboratories had reached 71 for 2 with Saeed Anwar jnr unbeaten on 40.

Group B

Rauf Akbar and Nasrullah Khan combined to derail Abbottabad and record a mammoth 420-run win for Islamabad at the Diamond Club Ground. Chasing an improbable 502 for victory - set largely due to Umair Khan's 194 - Abbottabad were bowled out for just 81. As a result, Islamabad moved to fourth place in the Group B table.

Centuries from Naved Latif and Zeeshan Asif propped up Faisalabad to 465, and a lead of 164 against Hyderabad at the Niaz Stadium. In reply, Hyderabad had eaten 144 runs into the deficit with nine wickets in hand.

Lahore Ravi progressed to 295 for 7 at stumps on the third day and secured a lead of 24 against Rawalpindi at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Lahore Ravi were boosted by half-centuries from Wahaj Aslam, Sohail Ahmed and Mohammad Asim.

Quetta sealed a 114-run win over Multan in Okara but are placed ninth in the points table. Quetta's own batting was abysmal, as they were bowled out for 100 - Ansar Javed took 6 for 34. But they had managed a lead of 233, and thanks to the efforts of Arun Lal, who took 4 for 45, they managed to skittle out Multan for a paltry 119.

Faisal Khan was the star for Sialkot, as he smashed 205, and was supported by captain Mohammad Ayub, who made an unbeaten 166, in a score of 522 at over five-an-over against Peshwar at the Jinnah Stadium. Sialkot gained a lead of 227 but Peshwar, led by the openers, started in encouraging fashion, reaching 95 without loss at stumps.

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