Shoaib Khan leads brisk SBP start
Opener Shoaib Khan jnr's aggressive half-century was the highlight of an abbreviated second day in the QEA Division Two final between State Bank of Pakistan and Khan Research Laboratories at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Only 23 overs were possible as the start of play was delayed due to a wet outfield following heavy overnight rain. No play was possible of the first day because of rain and wet ground conditions.
KRL won the toss and elected to field but it was SBP who got off to a solid start with their openers Shoaib and captain Kashif Siddiq putting on 52 runs. Shoaib was the aggressor in the partnership, scoring freely, while Siddiq managed just 6 runs in 40 balls before he was trapped lbw by Yasir Arafat. Shoaib was joined by Adnan Raees and the duo carried SBP to 79 for 1 at stumps, with Shoaib on 63 off 74 balls with nine boundaries, while Adnan was on a more sedate 7 off 26.