President's Cup One-Day Tournament 2012-13 April 7, 2013

Younis hits century in HBL win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Habib Bank Limited won a high-scoring match against Pakistan International Airlines by 27 runs in Karachi. HBL were put in to bat and started inauspiciously as Imran Farhat was dismissed first ball of the innings. Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan then put on a 142-run partnership for the second wicket before Shehzad fell to Shoaib Malik leg before. Younish and Asad Shafiq then combined for 118 runs for the third wicket. Younis, recently omitted from the 30-man pool for the Champions Trophy, finally fell for 101, with Shafiq scoring a quick fire 92 off 74 balls. Shahid Afridi played a cameo, scoring 39 off 15 balls, striking three sixes and three fours. Habib finished on 331 for 3 at the end of their allotted overs.

PIA lost Agha Sabir for 4, before Kamran Sajid and Shoaib Khan snr put on 92 for the second wicket to help steady the innings. Sajid was dismissed on 48, with Shoaib bringing up 52 before being bowled by Abdur Rehman. Malik scored an aggressive 108 off 76 balls to keep PIA in the chase, but was restricted by the fall of wickets tumbling at the other end. In the end, PIA fell by 27 runs as they were dismissed for 304 in the 49th over.

Sui Gas Northern Pipelines Limited pulled off a close two-run win over Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in their second match of the tournament. Batting first, SGNPL put on a strong batting display as their top three batsmen chipped in with key contributions. Azhar Ali struck his second consecutive half-century for SGNPL, top-scoring with 89 off 102. His innings built on an 83-run opening partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar and a late flourish from Khurram Shehzad took SGNPL to a strong 314 for 5.

ZTBL began their chase confidently as Sharjeel Khan and Hussain Talat shared an opening stand of 96. The middle-order built on their start, as Babar Azam and Haris Sohail struck half-centuries. Sohail missed out on his first List-A century, falling to Asad Ali for 99. His innings, which came off 89 balls, included five fours and two sixes. ZTBL struggled once their top four were dismissed and their innings eventually finished at 312 for 6. Mohammad Hafeez was the most economical bowler for SGNPL, conceding 33 runs in his 10 overs of offspin. Bilawal Bhatti took three wickets for an expensive 77 runs.

State Bank of Pakistan won a thriller against Water and Power Development Authority by three runs in Ghari Khuda Baksh. SBP were put in to bat, and had contributions from their top- and middle-order, through Kashif Siddiq (11), Gulraiz Sadaf (29), Rameez Raja (23) and Usman Arshad (26). Adnan Raees and Usman Saeed combined for 107 runs for the fifth wicket, with both being dismissed finally for 54. WAPDA's bowlers took wickets regularly throughout the innings to prevent any substantial partnerships, as SBP finished on 244 all out.

WAPDA's innings started abjectly as they lost both openers with the score on 12. After losing Aamer Sajjad caught behind for 27, Sohaib Maqsood and Mohammad Ayub combined for a fourth wicket partnership of 144. Maqsood finished on 119, as he was dismissed with 37 runs required. Ayub and Naved-ul-Hasan then brought the game very close, falling an agonising three runs short of the target at the end of their innings. Ayub would finish unbeaten on 64.

The biggest win of the day came at Gaddafi Stadium, where National Bank of Pakistan hammered Port Qasim Authority by nine wickets. After being sent in, PQA managed to put up 248, thanks chiefly to Khurram Manzoor's 94. Medium-pacer Imran Khan, who hadn't taken a wicket in his past four games, took four wickets to be the most successful of the NBP bowlers.

If PQA thought they had put up a competitive total, they were made to change their minds by NBP's openers, Kamran Akmal and Sami Aslam, who put together a 201-run stand that effectively ended the contest. Akmal hit 22 fours as he remained unbeaten on 132, while Aslam fell for 82. NBP finished off the game in the 39th over, with nine wickets still in hand.

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  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    What a sorry headline when u consider that Malik scored a better century. Plus Younis CANNOT finish the game since he does not have big shots. He is the reason that really ralented players like U.Akal have to be changed into a pinch hitter instead of a proper batsman like he is. Totally agree with SHrekk !! Plus if you are talking about merit then is Afridi playing as a bowler or as a batsman or an all rounder because he does NOT fit any !!!

  • Stark on April 8, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    We don't Younis back in the ODI squad!!

    Harris Sohail is twice the player Younis ever was in ODI cricket and he should be given a chance.

    Also, Afridi seems to be in good form, which is very crucial for Pak because he always does well in big tournaments.

    Lastly, Ajmal's form should be very worrying for Pak because he went for 48 runs in the previous game without picking up a wicket and in this game, he conceded 53 runs and didn't manage to pick up a wicket either.

  • gujjar on April 8, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    kamran akmal should play as an opener,,,,these 2 or 3 years will get the best out of him,,,,his style of playing truly shows a quality inside him....

  • Farrukh on April 8, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Good work by all national hero's...........

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    younis khan is a class...!!!,,form is temporary but class is permanent,,!

  • zaf on April 8, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Good job from Younis; it's a proof that TTT tuktuk tola(Younis, Misbah and Asad Safiq) prefect fit for domestic or Test matches. They are NOT able to face T20/ODI fast game format. Worldcup 2015 coming at our doorsteps, PCB should give chances to young & fast players in limited over games.

  • usman on April 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    i wish imran farhat just gets out of cricket or atleast stop using his influences in the board. Basically, do not ever play international cricket. You are one of the most hopeless players around the world.

  • Syed on April 7, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    I always knew Younis Khan was a great player. He hit with his century. He has to be included in the champions trophy. He hit big knocks in big tournaments. He is a great player.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Well done YOUNUS KHAN and HBL

  • Talha on April 7, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Headline, seriously?? Look at the figures for Shafiq, Malik and even Afridi! It was obviously a high-scoring pitch where Younis managed to score a century just because he got to play more deliveries than the others! The news makes it look like he played the best innings when actually he probably played the worst after Farhat. His strike rate is the lowest. Shafiq would have gotten his hundred in less than eighty balls when Younis took 120. 40 more deliveries!! How does it look now? People need to be a little more critical in their statistical assessments before deciding who has done enough to justify selection into the national side. The whole problem with Younis and Misbah is, they gobble up the easier part of the innings with a moderate score/strike rate that looks just about ok on the scorecard at the end, when what they could have and should have scored is much higher. This is NOT good batting. It leaves the poor young Shafiqs and Akmals to face the music in the death overs.