Bears v Leopards, Pentangular One Day Cup, Karachi April 24, 2010

Alam, Babar shine in Bears win

Cricinfo staff

Baluchistan Bears 242 (Alam 72, Sadaf 53, Rameez 4-43) beat Federal Areas Leopards 218 (Umair 46, Babar 3-42)

Half-centuries from wicketkeeper Gulraiz Sadaf and Rameez Alam helped Baluchistan Bears reach a competitive total that they managed to defend, thanks to a combined bowling effort led by Zulfiqar Babar's three-for. Federal Areas Leopards had started off well, with openers Raheel Majeed and Umair Khan adding 63 in under 11 overs. A target of 243 remained within reach but the middle order, despite starts, failed to consolidate on the bright start to the innings. Babar's 3 for 47 was supported by Mohammad Irfan and Rizwan Haider, who bagged two wickets each, and the Leopards folded for 218, 24 runs short.

During the Bears innings, Sadaf and Rameez rescued their team from a precarious situation at 31 for 3. They added 88 for the fourth wicket and Jalat Khan contributed 40 to lift the Bears to a fighting score. Mohammad Rameez picked up four wickets for the Leopards. The Bears have now won two of their three games, while the Leopards slipped to their first defeat.