RESULT
Final, Karachi, December 04 - 08, 2018, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
304 & 430/7d
(T:263) 472 & 183/6

Match drawn (Habib Bank won on 1st innings)

Player Of The Match
113 & 52
umar-akmal
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Habib Bank lift Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after tense draw

Play was called off due to bad light with HBL six down and needing 83 for an outright win; an unimpressed Misbah skipped the presentation ceremony

Danyal Rasool
Danyal Rasool
09-Dec-2018
Imran Farhat receives the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, SNGPL v Habib Bank Ltd, Qauid-e-Azam Trophy final, Karachi, December 8, 2018

Imran Farhat receives the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy  •  PCB

Habib Bank won their first Quaid-e-Azam trophy since 2010-11 beating defending champions SNGPL in the final. The game ended in a draw, but HBL were awarded the trophy courtesy their first-innings lead. The match looked set for a tight finish, with HBL requiring 83 runs to win with four wickets in hand, but bad light called an end to the proceedings and Misbah-ul-Haq's SNGPL were forced to relinquish their domestic crown.
SNGPL have won the QeA trophy three of the last four years, but were bowled out for 304 in the first innings. Misbah himself was the leading run-scorer, accumulating 91, while four wickets for Abdur Rehman and three for Khurram Shehzad reined SNGPL in. In response, HBl amassed 472, thanks to centuries from Umar Akmal and Abid Ali, who top-scored with 134.
SNGPL's response in the second innings was more forceful, with every batsman reaching double figures. Five of the top six scored at least 40, with Imran Butt's 95 at the top of the order the highest score as SNGPL declared at 430 for 7. That set HBL 263 for victory, or, more realistically, just under 90 overs to bat out a draw that guaranteed them the title.
The early loss of Abid Ali didn't help, with Bilawal Bhatti removing three of the top five. But Umar Akmal came good again with 52, and SNGPL failed to take the cluster of wickets they needed to effect a collapse. As the light worsened, hopes of Misbah leading his side to yet another win faded. It was, instead, another former player in Imran Farhat who led his side to the domestic crown, while Misbah, unimpressed with umpiring decisions, gave the trophy ceremony a miss.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

Habib Bank Innings
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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
Super Eight, Group 1
TEAMMWLDPT
SNGCP320119
WAPDA321019
KRL311112
LhrBL30300
Super Eight, Group 2
TEAMMWLDPT
HBL320121
SSGC320119
PeshP31206
KarWh30300
Pool A
TEAMMWLDPT
SNGCP751145
PeshP752039
KRL742133
HBL723224
NBP723223
FATA725018
LahWh711515
ISMBD715110
Pool B
TEAMMWLDPT
SSGC741245
WAPDA742134
KarWh731334
LhrBL734027
Rams733121
PakTV724118
Multn723216
ZTBL725015