United Bank Limited v SNGPL, QEA final, Karachi, 1st day January 3, 2016

Hafeez, pacers dismiss United Bank for 208

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Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 35 for 2 (Taufeeq 22*) trail United Bank Limited 208 (Sharjeel 73, Bhatti 3-39, Hafeez 3-45) by 173 runs

File photo: Mohammad Hafeez took three wickets before falling for a two-ball duck © Getty Images

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited's pacers, along with Mohammad Hafeez, put themselves in a strong position by dismissing United Bank Limited for 208 on the first day of the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy final in Karachi. However, Hafeez could not follow his three wickets with any runs as he fell for a duck, and SNGPL finished the day on 35 for 2, with a trail of 173 runs.

Opting to bat, United Bank saw a steady start from openers Shan Masood and Sharjeel Khan with a stand of 71, which was dominated by Sharjeel. Hafeez then struck in consecutive overs and Sharjeel also fell for a 77-ball 73 before the team score could reach 100. No other batsman could reach 50 after that. Pacer Azizullah trapped Younis Khan (16) and Sohaib Maqsood (18) lbw, leaving United Bank on a precarious 126 for 5.

No. 6 Hammad Azam (39) helped the score towards 200 along with Gulraiz Sadaf, who stayed unbeaten on 27, as they lost their last five wickets for 24 runs. Bilawal Bhatti, who had also dismissed Sharjeel, took the last two wickets in the same over to finish with 3 for 39. Hafeez ended with 3 for 45.

SNGPL lost Hafeez on the second ball of the innings and would have ended on 35 for 1, but also saw Hussain Talat fall for 10 in the last over of the day.