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SNGPL on verge of title after Samiullah's five-for

WAPDA 271 and 108 for 7 (Mansoor 38, Sajjad 38, Samiullah 5-38) need 149 runs to beat SNGPL 259 and 268 (Iftikhar 106, Rizwan 91)

SNGPL were all but guaranteed their third Quaid-e-Azam trophy title in four years after a remarkable second-innings collapse from WAPDA on the fourth day in Karachi. Chasing 257, WAPDA ended the day barely afloat at 108 for 7. Left-arm fast bowler Samiullah Khan claimed his 25th first-class five-for, finishing with 5 for 38.

The day began with Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan resuming their heroics from the previous day, stretching their partnership to 193 before Rizwan fell for 91. Iftikhar went on to make 106, pushing SNGPL to 268 and setting WAPDA 257 for victory. It was a remarkable recovery from SNGPL, given they had been reduced to 21 for 4.

WAPDA's chase began disastrously, with SNGPL's opening bowler Samiullah taking three wickets in his first three overs, removing captain Salman Butt, Adnan Raees and the WAPDA's highest run-scorer this season, Mohammad Saad. With the chase less than five overs old, the game looked to have been done.

Opener Zahid Mansoor, who had somehow managed to survive the carnage around him, formed a fourth-wicket partnership of 74 runs with Aamer Sajjad as they slowly got their side back into the game. They took WAPDA to 86 for 3, but then disaster struck again.

The next 19 balls saw the contest take a final, decisive turn, with four wickets falling without a run added to WAPDA's total. Mansoor and Sajjad both departed for 38, while Yasir Shah bowled Kamran Akmal for a duck.

Samiullah completed his five-for by knocking over Mohammad Asif's stumps to leave a dazed WAPDA staring at certain defeat at 86 for 7.

Thereon, it was a question of whether SNGPL would be able to seal the title on the fourth day, with the light fading fast. Nos. 8 and 9 Khushdil Shah and Khalid Usman held firm, pushing the score past 100 before the umpires called stumps.

WAPDA 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4Salman ButtZahid Mansoor
2nd6Adnan RaeesZahid Mansoor
3rd2Zahid MansoorMohammad Saad
4th74Aamer SajjadZahid Mansoor
5th0Kamran AkmalAamer Sajjad
6th0Kamran AkmalMohammad Asif
7th0Mohammad AsifKhushdil Shah
8th25Khalid UsmanKhushdil Shah
9th38Wahab RiazKhalid Usman
10th4Khalid UsmanWaqas Maqsood

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

Super Eight Group I
TeamMWLDPTNRR
SNGCP3201210.209
HBL311110-0.65
LhrBL312090.674
LahWh312060.128
Super Eight Group II
TeamMWLDPTNRR
WAPDA321016-0.368
UBL3210150.664
SSGC3210120.595
KRL30300-1.173
Pool A
TeamMWLDPTNRR
SNGCP7601510.175
SSGC7412430.734
LhrBL743034-0.126
WAPDA7421330.273
PeshP7330290.3
NBP714212-0.043
ISMBD714212-0.732
FSLBD70601-0.464
Pool B
TeamMWLDPTNRR
UBL7610570.713
HBL752046-0.302
KRL7421330.108
LahWh732233-0.124
Rams734024-0.428
KarWh7241180.426
PakTV715112-0.505
Feder715190.104