Farhat, Masood fifties set up Habib Bank win
Fifties from Imran Farhat and Shan Masood powered Habib Bank to 294 before a comprehensive bowling performance helped the side defeat United Bank by 94 runs in the President's One Day Cup Tournament. Farhat and Masood shared an opening stand of 129 in a little under 21 overs after the side were put into bat. Masood was dismissed for 65-ball 50, while Farhat scored a pacy 87 off 78 balls with 11 fours and a six. Younis Khan's solid 48 and a cameo from Hasan Raza, who hit 44 off 31 balls, helped Habib Bank post 294 for 4. In reply, the United Bank chase briefly resisted in the form of a third-wicket stand between Saad Sukhail and Wajihuddin, which yielded 70 runs. The rest of the line-up failed, however, and the side folded for 200 in the 41st over. Offspinner Sulaman Qadir took 3 for 44.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited snuck in a narrow one-wicket win over State Bank of Pakistan with three balls to spare to move to second place in the President's One Day Cup table. Chasing 198, ZTBL were struggling at 97 for 5 before a string of lower-order stands, led by forties from Shakeel Ansar and Zohaib Khan brought them closer to the target. State Bank kept striking, however, and ZTBL lost their ninth wicket with the score at 197, only to manage a victory in the final over. Earlier, a three-wicket haul from pacer Imran Khan helped ZTBL restrict State Bank for 197. Opener Farrukh Shehzad top-scored for State Bank with 45 off 52 balls.
A five-wicket haul by the right-arm seamer Yasir Ali and a back-to-the-wall fifty by Ali Khan helped Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) secure a three-wicket win in a low-scorer against Port Qasim Authority (PQA) at Gaddafi Stadium. PQA were bundled out for 133 but the KRL batting itself was a shambles at 39 for 6 in the chase. KRL were jolted by the pace trio of Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Talha and Sohail Khan as PQA looked like pulling off an unlikely win. Khan and Zulfiqar Jan then added a match-winning 92 for the seventh wicket, with Jan contributing a patient 32 off 80 balls. Khan remained unbeaten on 57 off 69 balls with three fours and three sixes. Earlier, PQA's Shahzaib Hasan was the only other player to pass fifty on a bowler's day in Lahore. Hasan smashed 59 off 54 balls as an opener while the rest collapsed around him. Yasir, who played one Test for Pakistan in 2003, finished with 5 for 19 off 8.5 overs, taking three middle-order wickets. KRL, the table leaders, scampered home to record their fourth successive win.
A century by Mohammad Rizwan helped Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) to five-wicket win over Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in Islamabad. Rizwan's knock overshadowed Kamran Sajid's 122 that helped PIA to 264. The captain Sajid's knock stood out because none of the other batsmen passed 30. He hit 12 fours and two sixes in his knock. The legspinner Yasir Shah took 4 for 55. SNGPL's chase was built around a stand of 122 between Rizwan and Saleem Mughal, who remained unbeaten on 68 off 82 balls. Mughal saw the team through with nearly an over to spare after Rizwan fell for a 115-ball 116
Mohammad Haseeb's four-wicket haul set up Water and Power Development Authority's 24-run win over National Bank of Pakistan, after the WAPDA batsmen put up 250 in their allotted overs. Chasing 251, National Bank were troubled by the loss of regular wickets and failed to cross the target in spite of three fifties from Sami Aslam, Umar Waheed and Usman Qadir. The most substantial stand in the National Bank innings was for 55 runs between Sami and Waheed for the fourth wicket. The rest of the batsmen failed to support the in-form batsmen and the side were dismissed for 226 in 42 overs. Earlier, an unbeaten 75 from Ayaz Tassawar and 49 from Adnan Raees resurrected WAPDA's innings after quick wickets had wiped out the advantage of a solid start. Tassawar's 75 came off 81 balls with nine fours and two sixes and helped the side reach 250.