Misbah 85 gives SNGPL slender lead
United Bank Limited 208 and 17 for 1 trail Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 238 (Misbah 85, Akmal 44, Adil 4-39) by 13 runs
Misbah-ul-Haq's third consecutive half-century and 88th in first-class cricket proved crucial, as Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited collected a 30-run lead against United Bank Limited in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final in Karachi.
SNGPL, who began the day precariously placed at 35 for 2, were rocked by regular blows from Ehsan Adil (4 for 39) and Yasim Murtaza (3 for 28). However, Misbah and Umar Akmal led a recovery by stringing together a 72-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Akmal was eventually dismissed for 44, but Misbah battled his way to make 85, with 14 fours and a six. Misbah's effort pushed SNGPL to a total of 238, ensuring his team had a vital innings lead.
United Bank suffered another big setback towards the end of play, as Mohammad Hafeez dismissed Sharjeel Khan off what turned out to be the last ball of the day. They were 17 for 1 when stumps were called.