Seamers make it Peshawar's day
Peshawar 85 for 2 (Mohammad Fayyaz 43*, Bilawal Bhatti 2-35) trail Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 202 (Riaz Afridi 4-55, Waqar Ahmed 3-80) by 117 runs
Peshawar's trio of seamers - Riaz Afridi, Waqar Ahmed and Afaq Ahmed - bowled Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited out for 202 on the first day of the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division Two 2011-12. SNGPL chose to bat but lost a wicket off the second ball, Afridi dismissing Naeemuddin. After a 62-run partnership between Azeem Ghumman and Ali Waqas, wickets fell regularly. Afridi and Waqar ripped through the top order, and then Afaq made sure the tail did not wag.
Waqar, who was second in the wicket-charts during the group phase, took 3 for 80, Afridi had 4 for 55, and Afaq finished with 3 for 48. Usman Arshad's 41 was SNGPL's top score. Four other batsmen got starts but there were also five single-digit scores and SNGPL slumped to a disappointing total.
Peshawar got off to a blazing start in their response, with the openers putting together a partnership of 82 runs in just 12.1 overs. Israrullah was dismissed for 36 and Iftikhar Ahmed fell for a first-ball duck to give SNGPL some respite at the end of the day. But Mohammad Fayyaz was 43 not out off 40 balls at stumps and Peshawar will look to get the first-innings lead on the second day.