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December 30, 2013
Thirty-three wickets fell in two days at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad, and it was United Bank Limited's bowlers that had the better of the contest to set up a seven-wicket victory against Pakistan Television.
United Bank won the toss and their bowlers vindicated the decision to put Pakistan Television in by routing them for 150. Mohammad Irshad took 4 for 47 while Tariq Haroon and Atif Maqbool took three wickets each. PTV's No. 8 Yasim Murtaza, who made 42, was their top scorer.
Despite that collapse, PTV looked like taking the lead at one stage, when they had United Bank at 114 for 7 in their first innings. The No. 11 Maqbool, however, scored 24 to give his team a valuable 35-run lead. Rizwan Akbar claimed 6 for 67 for United Bank, while Mohammad Ali took 4 for 68.
Irshad and Asif Raza did a demolition job on PTV in their second innings, taking five wickets each to dismiss them for 64 in 21.5 overs. They had wiped out the deficit for the loss of only one wicket but then lost 9 for 37.
United Bank had a target of 30 to win and they lost three wickets before they got there.
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