Quaid-e-Azam trophy 2015-16 final January 6, 2016

SNGPL defend title after Bhatti's 11, Misbah's twin fifties

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Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 238 (Misbah 85, Akmal 44, Adil 4-39) and 160 for 4 (Misbah 60*, Azhar 56) beat United Bank Limited 208 (Sharjeel 73, Bhatti 3-39, Hafeez 3-45) and 189 (Younis 98, Bilawal 8-56) by six wickets
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File photo: Bilawal Bhatti ended with figures of 11 for 95 and was named Man of the Match © AFP

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited successfully defended the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, as Misbah-ul-Haq's second fifty of the match powered the team to a six-wicket win in the final against United Bank Limited, in Karachi.

Set a target of 160 thanks to Bilawal Bhatti's eight-wicket burst on Tuesday, SNGPL, who lost three early wickets, rode on a 110-run partnership between Misbah and Azhar Ali to complete the chase inside 53 overs. The pair batted together for the majority of day five, with Azhar playing the more patient foil, stroking 56 off 124 balls, with seven fours. Azhar couldn't quite see the chase through, getting caught behind off Ehsan Adil, but Misbah stayed unbeaten on 60 off 96 balls, to go with his 85 in the first innings. It was his 89th first-class fifty, and fourth in three matches for SNGPL since returning from the Bangladesh Premier League.

Bhatti, who ended with match figures of 11 for 95, was named the Man of the Match. Khan Research Laboratories seamer Mohammad Abbas finished as the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 61 scalps from 10 matches, while Sui Southern Gas Corporation's Asif Zakir topped the run charts, scoring 791 runs at an average of 56.50, with three tons and four half-centuries.

Last year, SNGPL had won the title by virtue of a first-innings lead against National Bank of Pakistan in the final.

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  • Khurram S Chaudhry on January 6, 2016, 20:46 GMT

    so misbah is winner of domestic title. Bhatti surprised. 8 in an innings. should be knocking on doors of selectors

  • dolkapolka on January 6, 2016, 18:56 GMT

    Bhatti is doing a wonderful job. Keep him permanent in DOMESTIC cricket please. Thanks

  • zuluswati on January 6, 2016, 17:48 GMT

    truly deserve the win,,,,,,,

  • sixsixesare36 on January 6, 2016, 17:34 GMT

    wow..Misbah and Younis are just too good...both are near retirement, yet still are scoring runs..

  • Jahanzeb Jahangeer Dars on January 6, 2016, 15:47 GMT

    Again proved! Misbha and Younis are our best players. Looking ahead, We have to play test in england and Australia. We have got two very good all rounders, Hamad and Bilal.. Now this should be the test Xi: 1:Azher 2:shezad 3:younis 4:misbha 5:sarfraz 6:asad 7:imad 8:hamad 9:bilal 10:wahab 11:amir

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