Taufeeq stars in SNGPL's fourth win
A captain's performance from Taufeeq Umar, and a five-wicket haul by Imran Ali, helped Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) to their fourth win, beating Pakistan Television (PTV) by 188 runs at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Put in to bat, SNGPL were led by half-centuries by Taufeeq, Mohammad Rizwan and Adnan Akmal. Taufeeq top-scored with 63 off 187 balls while Akmal's 53 came off 110. Yasim Murtaza and Zohaib Ahmed shared nine wickets between them with the former taking a five-for. The PTV innings failed to get going in response to 258 and they were rolled over for only 158, with Samiullah Khan taking 6 for 34.
SNGPL strengthened their hold on the game with an opening stand of 199 between Taufeeq and Azeem Ghumman. Ghumman scored 70 while Taufeeq remained unbeaten on 128 before declaring, setting PTV a target of 326. PTV ended the third day at a rocky 48 for 3. There was no resistance from the middle and lower order as the seamer Imran took 5 for 38 to bundle out PTV for 137 in just 40.3 overs.
Khan Research Laboratories took first-innings points in a draw against Pakistan International Airlines in Rawalpindi. After being put in to bat, KRL declared at 419 for 9 on the second day, driven by the captain Saeed Anwar jnr's 197. Anwar nearly carried his bat, falling shortly before the declaration, hitting 20 fours and four sixes in his 362-ball knock. Anwar was involved in two century stands, for the third and fifth wickets with Usman Salahuddin and Ali Khan respectively. Khan was the second-highest scorer in the innings with 71. Anwar registered his highest first-class score and it was his 25th ton.
Rahat Ali's early spell jolted PIA, who were struggling at 29 for 3. Two half-century stands, for the fourth and fifth wickets, brought stability to the innings. Faisal Iqbal top-scored with 94 with 15 fours before he was dismissed by Rahat. Faisal was the fifth man out and PIA were only halfway from equaling KRL's score. Tahir Khan battled with an unbeaten 55 but PIA could only score 310. Rahat, Umaid Asif and Nayyar Abbas took three wickets each. With only two innings yet to be completed at the start of the fourth day, a draw loomed. KRL had a lead of 109 and they stretched it to 275, after they were bowled out for 166. Salahuddin was the top-scorer with 67 and the offspinner Tahir took his second four-wicket haul of the match. PIA batted out two overs before the match ended in a draw.
A ten-wicket haul by the seamer Mohammad Talha helped set up Port Qasim Authority's (PQA) seven-wicket win over Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in Sialkot. Talha took 6 for 69 in the first innings and 5 for 106 in the second to leave PQA chasing a modest 144.
Talha ran through the top order after his side lost the toss, as ZTBL finished on 230. Luqman Butt was the only batsman to pass fifty and was the top scorer with a quick 65 off 69 balls. The PQA batsmen took firm control of the match by posting 424, taking a commanding lead of 194. The captain Khalid Latif established the platform with 86 while Asim Kamal remained unbeaten on 100. Talha tormented ZTBL with the bat as well, scoring 56 off 67 balls and adding 100 for the eighth wicket with Kamal to help the team inch towards 400. Kamal's knock came off 164 balls with 12 fours and a six. ZTBL put on a better performance in the second innings by posting 337. Haseeb-ur-Rehman fell four short of his century while Butt continued his good form, scoring 67. Talha dismissed Butt and ran through the lower order to take his second five-wicket haul of the match and fourth ten-for in first-class cricket. Chasing 144, PQA lost their top three for 49 but Mohammad Salman and Daniyal Ahsan (63*) sealed the win in just under 25 overs.
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) bagged three points for taking a first-innings lead but were in danger of squandering it in a tense draw against State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in Islamabad. Set 146, WAPDA were wobbling at 56 for 7 but managed to survive.
SBP struggled after being put in to bat and were bowled out for 172. Azhar Attari took 5 for 56 while Mohammad Haseeb took 4 for 41. Half-centuries by Rafatullah Mohmand and captain Aamer Sajjad helped WAPDA to 300, giving them a first-innings lead of 128. Seamers Rizwan Haider and Tabish Khan took seven wickets between them. Rameez Raja led SBP's charge in the second innings with 68 but they were in a spot of bother at 132 for 5 with only a slender lead of four. Mohammad Saad scored 57 to help stretch the lead to 145 before they were bowled out. Tabish and Haider's opening spells then reduced a shaky WAPDA to 15 for 4. They lost three more wickets but hung on to save the game, batting out 28 overs. Tabish took 4 for 30 in the second innings.