One-Day National Cup 2012, Division Two March 5, 2012

Usman Arshad leads SNGPL to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Usman Arshad rescued Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) with a steady, unbeaten 70, leading them to a four-wicket victory against Peshawar Panthers at the Arbab Niaz Stadium.

Having chosen to field, SNGPL managed to dismiss Peshawar for 179, with Asad Ali and Raza Ali Dar taking 4 for 38 and 3 for 30 respectively. Mohamamd Rizwan (65) and Gauhar Ali (31) were the only batsmen to make contributions of note to the Peshawar total.

Peshawar, however, were strong at the start of the defence, reducing SNGPL to 30 for 5. Adnan Akmal, Azeem Ghumman and Ali Waqas were dismissed for a duck. But Arshad, along with Raza Ali (36) and Yasir Shah (35) ensured victory with 18 balls to spare. Riaz Afridi and Waqar Ahmed took two wickets each for Peshawar.

SNGPL have finished their league matches, winning two and losing two to earn four points. Peshawar, despite losing this game, are at the top of table with four points and one match to go.