Faisalabad v Bahawalpur, Bottom Six final, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy February 28, 2013

Khurram Shehzad ton leads Faisalabad to title

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Faisalabad 273 (Salman 69, Imranullah 5-83) and 390 (Shehzad 117, Waqas 55, Shahid 55, Hussain 4-87) beat Bahawalpur 279 (Khilji 131, Samiullah 5-73) and 262 (Kamran 61, Rafiq 58, Khalid 4-38) by 122 runs

A century from Khurram Shehzad, and nine wickets between seamer Samiullah Khan and spinner Imran Khalid helped Faisalabad clinch the Bottom Six final against Bahawalpur in Multan.

After conceding a first-innings lead of six runs, Faisalabad put up a solid batting performance in their second dig, led by Shehzad's 117 and half-centuries from Mohammad Shahid and Ali Waqas, which helped them set their opponents a stiff target of 385. Bahawalpur, besides Rehan Rafiq and Kamran Hussain, both of whom scored fifties, crumbled as Khalid took four wickets, and were bowled out for 262 on the final day.

After being put in to bat, Faisalabad had struggled as their top order was destroyed by legspinner Imranullah Aslam. They recovered from 97 for 5; a knock of 69 from Mohammad Salman and 41 from Ali Waqas got them to 273. Bahawalpur, in reply, were in trouble early at 4 for 3, before Bilal Khilji, who ultimately scored a century, and Faisal Mubashir steadied their innings. The rest of the middle order also contributed to help them get past Faisalabad's total. Seamer Samiullah Khan finished with five wickets.

Faisalabad made amends by setting up the base for a strong total on the third day, which led them to a convincing victory.