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January 16, 2014
Seamer Ahmed Jamal finished with a match haul of seven wickets, and the opener Mohammad Nawaz struck a century to help National Bank of Pakistan crush Pakistan Television by an innings and 53 runs at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
PTV, put in to bat, were bundled out for 125 in the first innings as the pacers Ataullah and Wahab Riaz shared eight wickets between them to run through a batting line-up that offered no resistance barring a 36 from the captain Zohaib Ahmed.
Nawaz then helped National Bank seize the advantage by scoring 170- his maiden first-class ton- and putting up big stands with Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal and Riaz, before the team decided to declare at 397 for 7 with a lead of 272 to boot.
Nawaz Ahmed scored 85 in PTV's second essay with the bat, but once again, the remaining batsmen failed to provide any support as Jamal ran through their top and middle order to finish with 6 for 42, and dismiss the team for 219.
Abid hit 57 in the first innings, but the team could only muster 147 in total as the State Bank seamer Mohammad Naved finished with 6 for 55 to run through the line-up inside 48 overs.
State Bank, however, did not fare any better themselves in their first outing with the bat, and lost wickets right from the off. Most of their batsmen made starts, but only Rizwan Haider scored more than 21, as Maqbool and Kashiff Bhatti took seven wickets between them to dismiss the visitors for 145.
Abid made United Bank's slender advantage count by scoring 73 with 11 fours. He fell in the 38th over, but Saeed Bin Nasir chipped in with 55 to help the team to 254, meaning that State Bank needed 257 for victory.
But just like they did in the first innings, State Bank stumbled during the chase and failed to string together any meaningful partnerships. Mohtashim Ali's 46 was the only score of note, as Bhatti, Maqbool and Tariq Haroon shared nine wickets between them to bowl State Bank out for 134 and seal the win.
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