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December 26, 2013
Peshawar Panthers produced a collective batting effort to successfully chase Bahawalpur Stags' 230 for 7 with five wickets in hand and 39 balls to spare. Adil Amin top scored for Peshawar with 59, and most of their other batsmen contributed useful and brisk performances, ensuring wickets did not fall in a heap and the asking rate was always under control. Their captain Jamaluddin made 43 off only 30 balls. Peshawar's bowlers had been incisive after they chose to bowl, dismissing the top three Bahawalpur batsmen in single figures to reduce them to 15 for 3. Rehan Rafiq made 80 and the captain Imranullah Aslam made 53 to lift Bahwalpur to 230. Azam Khan took 4 for 20 and Jibran Khan took 3 for 44 for Peshawar.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Yousuf Ali smashed a 42-ball 64 on his List A debut as Lahore Eagles beat Abbottabad Falcons by one wicket at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. The left-handed Yousuf walked in at number seven and struck 10 fours and a six as his team pursued a target of 268 from 45 overs. But the game seemed to have slipped out of Lahore Eagles' grasp when they slid to 250 for 9. Qaiser Ashraf and Ali Manzoor, however, saw them home with an unbroken 19-run last-wicket partnership.
Ashraf had taken three wickets with his left-arm spin as Abbottabad Falcons won the toss and posted 267 for 8. It was a good game for wicketkeepers, with Abbottabad Falcons' Rehan Afridi scoring 80 in just 48 balls - his maiden List A half-century - to make good the platform laid by opener Mohammad Asghar, who had made 71.
The Karachi Dolphins bowlers defended a low score to beat Faisalabad Wolves by 50 runs at the National Stadium. Defending 153, Karachi reduced Faisalabad to 10 for 4, a setback from which they never recovered. Faisalabad were dismissed for 103 in 33.1 overs, with Khurram Shahzad taking 4 for 20. Mir Hamza and Shahzaib Ahmed took two wickets each. Faisalabad's bowlers had also been effective after they won the toss, dismissing Karachi for 153 in 37.3 overs. Saad Ali was the top-scorer with 46. Naseer Akram, Shehroz Raza and Imran Ahmed took two wickets each for Faisalabad.
A disciplined bowling performance by Islamabad Leopards helped secure a 113-run lead over Multan Tigers in Karachi. Islamabad batted first, with contributions from Ali Sarfraz (66), Faizan Riaz (50) leading the way as they racked up 256 for 9 at the end of their quota of overs. Mohammad Waris was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 46. The Multan reply started abjectly as the top and middle order were quickly reduced to 23 for 4. Seamers Shehzad Azam, Hamza Nadeem and Kamran Hussain took eight wickets between them as Multan could not build regular partnerships. The captan, Kashif Naved, struck a 39-ball 55, but didn't get support from the lower order as Multan were bundled for 143.
Lahore Lions' batsmen produced a power-packed performance to beat Hyderabad Hawks by 44 runs. Umar Siddiq top-scored for Lahore with 74, but it was the fast cameos from Agha Salman, Kashif Masood and Mohammad Ifran that led them to 281 for 6. Hyderabad's top order made a steady start to the chase, with Shoaib Laghari top-scoring at No. 5 with 94 off 81 balls, but the lower order fell away. Usman Malik and Mohammad Irfan took three wickets each to dismiss Hyderabad for 237 in 44.4 overs.
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