Peshawar v SNGPL, QEA Division 2 final, 3rd day December 10, 2011

Peshawar tighten grip on match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 202 and 277 for 8 (Umar Akmal 93, Waqas 74, Riaz 4-72, Waqar Ahmed 4-79) lead Peshawar 351 (Jamaluddin 124, Imran Ali 4-71) by 128 runs

Fast bowlers Riaz Afridi and Waqar Ahmed, who troubled Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the first innings, took four wickets apiece in the second as Peshawar remained in control of the Division Two final at Arbab Niaz Stadium.

SNGPL lost their openers cheaply, but their captain Umar Akmal and No. 3 Ali Waqas put on a 155-run third-wicket stand that raised their hopes of posting a tall target for Peshawar. Akmal made 93 off 155 deliveries, while Waqas reached 74 before being bowled by Waqar Ahmed, who also removed Khurram Shehzad later in the over.

SNGPL's hopes faded further as Riaz Afridi then managed to do one better than Waqar Ahmed - he struck three times in one over, dismissing Umar Akmal, Mohammad Awais and Bilawal Bhatti. An unbeaten 30 from Yasir Shah then pushed SNGPL on to 277 for 8, only 128 ahead by stumps.