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March 16, 2012
Khurram Manzoor's hundred went in vain as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) beat National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) by three wickets and three balls to spare at Gaddafi Stadium. PIA's Najaf Shah and Anwar Ali picked up two and three wickets each to rip through NBP's batting order, though Manzoor (121 off 142 balls) and Fawad Alam (67 off 88 balls) resisted and led their team to 230. NBP fought hard to defend but Faraz Ali (73) and the captain Shoaib Malik (64) set up the victory and secured PIA a place in the semi-finals.
The Farhat brothers, Imran and Humayun, scored centuries to help Habib Bank Limited (HBL) beat State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. Imran Farhat (105 off 111) and Humayun Farhat (100 off 51 balls) boosted HBL to 310, while Mohammad Naved and Kashif Siddiq managed to take three wickets each. SBP made a decent chase but a fifty from Mohtashim Ali and century from Rameez Aziz went in vain. Aftab Alam took 2 for 27, while Danish Kaneria claimed 3 for 57 to dismiss SBP for 291.
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) beat Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) by two wickets in a dead rubber at Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Zulfiqar Babar and Imranullah Aslam took four wickets each to cut through ZTBL, dismissing them for 143 in 32.4 overs. Sharjeel Khan top scored with 53 off 50 balls. WAPDA made a poor start to the chase and were 7 for 2 after the openers fell. Rafatullah Mohamad scored 69 off 67 balls and led his side to victory in 35.1 overs. Junaid Nadir, Junaid Zia, Jawad Hameed took two wickets each for ZTBL.
Half centuries by Kamran Younis and Mohammad Ayub steered Sialkot Stallions to a six-wicket win over Karachi Dolphins at Jinnah Stadium. Dolphins, with half-centuries from Shahzaib Hasan (72) and Asad Baig (80), managed to post 232 before they were dismissed in 49 overs. Atif Jabbar took 4 for 48 for Sialkot. During the chase, Sialkot lost four wickets before achieving the target in 39.3 overs to book their place in the semi-final.
Zeeshan Mushtaq's unbeaten century led Islamabad Leopards to a thrilling, one-wicket victory against Rawalpindi Rams at Diamond Club Ground. Chasing a target of 224, Islamabad were reeling at 51 for 5 but Mushtaq kept his cool with Naeem Anjum, who made 48 off 47 balls, to secure victory with four balls to spare. Earlier, Nasrullah Khan dented Rawalpindi's innings with four wickets to restrict them to 223. Shoaib Ahmed top scored with 56 while Babar Naeem made 49.
Faisalabad Wolves beat Abbottabad Falcons by two wickets at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Asked to bat first, Abbottabad rode on Mohamamd Naeem's hundred to post 292. Ehsan Adil and Aqeel Ahmed took two wickets each, while Waqas Masood conceded 63 runs for three wickets. Murtaza Anees (51) and Hasan Mahmood (71) scored half-centuries and Faisalabad eventually secured victory in the final over.
Pakistan International Airlines will play Islamabad Leopards while Sialkot Stallions will take on Habib Bank Limited in the semi-finals of the Faysal Bank Cup One-Day Division One.
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