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April 16, 2013
Sui Gas 111 (Afridi 26, Bhatti 3-31) beat Habib Bank Limited 113 for 2 (Hafeez 62, Afridi 1-29) by 8 wickets
A dominant bowling display from Sui Gas handed them an eight-wicket victory over Habib Bank Limited in the President's Cup semi-final in Karachi. HBL were put into bat and lost wickets from the outset, reduced to 22 for 4 in the 10th over. Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi led a temporary revival, until Afridi was ousted on 26. Bilawal Bhatti took the best figures in the innings with 3 for 31, and was ably supported by the other bowlers, who all took at least one wicket. Only Abdur Rehman matched Afridi's score as HBL were bundled out for 111 in the 36th over.
Sui Gas's openers started well, putting up 70 for the first wicket. Mohammad Hafeez led the way, scoring a timely 62 off 70 balls to ensure he stuck around and rotated the strike accordingly. Fellow opener Taufeeq fell for 23, before Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal helped them romp home in the 24th over with an eight-victory win. They'll contest the final on April 19.
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