President's Cup One-Day Tournament 2013-14 November 13, 2013

Fawad, Azam set up big win for NBP

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A clinical performance in both departments put Habib Bank Limited over Khan Research Laboratories by seven wickets in Rawalpindi.

The slide started early for Habib Bank as they chose to bat. They lost Imran Farhat off the first ball and fumbled to 40 for 5, with captain Younis Khan (69) holding the innings together. He forged a 64-run union with wicketkeeper Jamal Anwar but with only three batsmen reaching double figures, the innings folded for 162, with more than seven overs remaining. Medium-pacer Yasir Arafat was the most successful bowler with 3 for 35 off nine overs, but was ably supported by Rahat Ali and Ali Khan who picked up two wickets apiece.

The opening partnership whittled away well over half the target as Zain Abbas (57) and Mohammad Yasin (78) eased to half-centuries. Though they lost two wickets in between the 35th and 36th overs, the game was already in the bag.

National Bank of Pakistan recovered from a horrid start to roll over State Bank by 77 runs. Fawad Alam's century led a recovery from 0 for 2 and Hammad Azam blasted 91 off 66 helped amass a match-winning total.

Tabish Khan's successes in the first over proved anti-climatic as opener Sami Aslam and Alam compiled a brisk 165-run stand for the third wicket. Reprieve did not come when Aslam fell four runs short of a second List A century, but the incoming Pakistan Under-23 captain Azam blitzed 10 fours and five sixes to power his side to a daunting 313 in the allotted 45 overs. Alam remained unbeaten with 102, with 12 fours.

Rameez Raja and Raheel Majeed made cautious fifties after losing a couple of early wickets, but with the required rate ever rising - it crossed eight before 20 overs - State Bank were always chasing the game. Both batsmen perished attempting to accelerate, as they lost three wickets in three overs to sag on 177 for 7 by the 35th over. Gulraiz Sadaf remained unbeaten on a 28-ball 43, but his efforts came far too late and were not supported by the tail as State Bank was bowled out for 236.

Steady contributions all through the batting order and a disciplined bowling effort, let by the captain Azhar Ali ensured Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited recorded a 71-run win over United Bank Limited in Faisalabad.

Choosing to bat first, they enjoyed a prosperous opening stand which fetched 62 runs, but were hurt by two quick wickets. Though only Hussain Talat, who remained unbeaten, was the only batsman to cross fifty, SNGPL were not lacking in partnerships, one of which was accounted for 100 runs between Talat and Saleem Mughal, who made 43 off 49. For United Bank, Tariq Haroon was the most successful bowler taking 2 for 30 off seven overs .

Though United Bank began promisingly in their chase of the 254-run target, losing five wickets for 27 runs foiled the efforts of opener Abid Ali who stuck it out for 49 off 64 balls. He became one of Azhar's victims as the spinners picked up six wickets between them. Wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan did his best to keep United Bank in the hunt with his aggressive 42, but they fell well short of the target in the 38th over.

Pakistan Television slumped to their third successive loss when they fell short of their target of 257 by 53 runs against Pakistan International Airlines in Islamabad. Their top and middle-order batsmen got starts but could not capitalise on them and an unbeaten fifty from No. 7 Zohaib Ahmed also went in vain.

PIA were put in to bat and after losing Shehzar Mohammad early, their next three batsmen laid the platform for a competitive score. Kamran Sajid and Fahad Iqbal scored 45 and 42 respectively and Faisal Iqbal scored 56. PTV struck back with four wickets within 35 runs, leaving PIA at 213 for 8, but Tahir Khan's 18-ball 35 charged them to 256.

PTV had two strong partnerships - for the second and fourth wickets - but once they were 121 for 4, PIA's bowlers struck regularly to ensure PTV never came back in the game. Three of PTV's batsmen scored 23 and Mohammad Sami scored 43 apart from Ahmed's 52 not out, but all of those weren't enough to take them close to victory.

A four-wicket haul by Sohail Khan bowled out Water and Power Development Authority out for 183, before half-centuries by Kamran Younis and Khalid Latif helped Port Qasim Authority to an easy eight-wicket win. WAPDA were struggling at 55 for 6 before Saad Nasim resisted with 65. A 124-run stand between Younis and Latif had all but sealed the game for PQA.

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  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I agree with including youngster like hasan raza in t20 in team with everyone but we also need to get rid of selfish & mediocre players like Hafeez until then there's no future to pakistan cricket For One day Matches consider these: List A Batting Averages of Some Players of Pakistan Domestic: Fawad Alam 44, Khurram Manzoor 47, Sohaib Maqsood 52 , Faisal Iqbal 42, Azhar Ali 50, , Asif Zakir 41, Afaq Raheem 44, Akbar-ur-Rehman 45, Khalid Latif 46,Saleem Mughal 44, Babar Azam 49 , Zain Abbas 54, Sharjeel Khan 52 I didnt include sami aslam as he played only 15 matches. For T20 Consider these guys: Other T20 Domestic Batting Players: Taufeeq Umar 42, Hasan Raza 32, Shahzaib Hasan 29, Asif Ali 29 This is batting options and many more there insha allah but umar amin,imran farhat,asad shafiq,ahmed shehzad,hafeez,afridi(no good except as bowler) these have mediocre batting averages in domestics and international career how can they win you any matches. I havn't looked into test players yet..

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq as an all-rounder and captain of team is a good inclusion for pakistan future team insha allah as Abdul Razzaq has always delivered however politics within this team and in PCB don't like his stay in the team thats the truth ,In first t20 Hafeez didnt give him a single over and in second he gave him one over with loose fielding as he's the captain and both have played together in same team in domestics for long term until recently i believe Abdul Razzaq changed his team and not to forget Abdul Razzaq even last year was delivering results with bat and his bowling performance was really good however he was fined 1 lakh by pcb for his stance regarding Hafeez and wasn't played in even one match the whole year till now. Not to forget Hafeez and Abdul Razzaq are of the same age too moreover if some one is to blame; pakistan whole batting order was messed up by selfish Hafeez just to not play steyn and the t20 we lost,i think we should learn to differentiate between players

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @ Gobinda Saha: agree with you my friend time to Pick new players especially those youngsters who have no fears of losing.

  • ick on November 14, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @Gobinda Saha: Totally agree. Now this musical chair of 30,s and 40 year olds should come to an end. We are losing anyway, lets lose with yoingsters, who will learn from these experiences and come good in a year or two. The dumb and dumber PCB big guns and selectors are making a team of oldies for 2015, where our oldies will have to use cruthes to run after the ball. I would say, the selectors should be ashamed of themselves and resigh. Let some one fair and enthusiastic person come and bring in youngsters now to get them ready for 2015 world cup.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    There seems to talent aplenty in Pakistan's domestic cricket. Then why do the selectors never tire of choosing Afridi and Razzak and Malik.....- a group that never performs; yet is always in the playing XI. When will these young guns get to play for their country? When will the PCB learn that the team's problem is washed up old-timers who deserve a pension; not a place in the playing XI.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    4 runs short of a 5th consecutive hundred for Sami Aslam. Future? Too early to say, but really hope he works out, especially with the batting shambles currently facing PAK cricket.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Please select this xi for upcomming tour -sami aslam,a shehzad,b azam,s maqsood,u akmal,m amjad,h azam(c),u gul,r hasan,e adil,j khan

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