KRL defeat Sind inside three days

North West Frontier Province-Baluchistan defeated Sind by nine wickets on the third day in their Pentangular Cup third round match here at the National Stadium, Karachi.

Shakeel-ur-Rehman tore through the Sind batting line-up by grabbing six wickets for only 57 runs as the Sind team capsized for a paltry 149.

Needing 53 to win the match, KRL achieved the target in just 9.1 overs with the loss of Test opener Yasir Hameed for 14. Shoaib Khan remained not out on 21 while Adnan Raees scored 8.

Earlier, Sind resumed on their overnight score of 41 and lost their third wicket with the addition of only two runs. A fourth wicket stand of 52 between Shahid Qambrani and captain Faisal Iqbal threatened a decent lead but Sind never really covered as soon as Faisal was dismissed for 17. Qambrani did top-score with 69 and shared a 25-run eighth wicket partnership with Mohammad Sami (10), but the other batsmen failed to provide any support.

Along with Shakeel's heroics, Faisal Irfan accounted for three Sind batsmen while Nasir Jalil picked up the remaining wicket.

Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) ended day three of their Pentangular Cup match against Punjab on 382 for the loss of eight wickets, still 151 runs behind Punjab's total, at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex.

Resuming on their overnight 104 for no loss, Azhar Ali and Saeed bin Nasir added another 66 runs before allowing Punjab their first breakthrough. Azhar Ali scored a well-deserved century before being dismissed by international Rana Naved while Nasir managed 88 and was picked up by Imran Khalid.

None of the other batsman bar Bilal Asad could capitalise on the good start as wickets fell at regular intervals. Asad, on the other hand, held one end together and scored 82 before becoming the second of Khalid's four victims. Mohammad Wasim, captain and former Test player, could only manage six as Shehzad Butt and Akhtar Ayub managed an unbroken partnership of 20 to see out the day without further damage

Imran Khalid remained the pick of the Punjab bowlers and took four wickets for 81. Rana Naved claimed a brace while Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez got one wicket each.