Naeemuddin, Yasir Shah propel Sui Gas to title
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 386 (Naeemuddin 192, Misbah-ul-Haq 67, Atif Maqbool 4-84) and 262 for 8 dec (Naeemuddin 77, Adnan Akmal 99) beat United Bank Limited 144 (Abid Ali 51, Yasir Shah 5-41) and 226 (Wajihuddin 57, Tariq Haroon 57, Yasir Shah 4-48) by 278 runs
Naeemuddin starred with the bat in both innings and Yasir Shah did the same with the ball as Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited lifted the President's Trophy with a resounding 278-run win, completed inside four days, over United Bank Limited in Multan.
Sent in to bat, Sui Gas posted 386, with the left-handed opener Naeemuddin anchoring the innings with a 429-ball 192. Naeemuddin struck 25 fours and a six, and shared a 128-run fourth-wicket stand with Misbah-ul-Haq, who made 67. In reply, United Bank were bowled out for 144, with opener Abid Ali's 51 the only substantial contribution, as legspinner Yasir finished with figures of 5 for 41.
Despite the 242-run first-innings deficit, United Bank nearly found their way back into the match as Tariq Haroon sent back Sui Gas' top three batsmen for ducks. Khurram Shehzad and Misbah halted the slide with a 47-run fourth-wicket partnership before Naeemuddin, batting at No. 6 in the second innings, and wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal swelled the lead well beyond United Bank's reach with a 140-run sixth-wicket stand. Naeemuddin made 77, while Adnan fell one short of a century, his dismissal provoking Sui Gas' declaration at 262 for 8.
Set 505 to win, United Bank were in deep trouble at 83 for 5 before Wajihuddin and Haroon made 57 apiece to push their score past 200. Samiullah Khan took three top-order wickets while Yasir mopped up the lower order to finish with figures of 4 for 48 for the innings and 9 for 89 for the match.