Gohar takes 10 to sink Southern Gas

A round-up of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver League matches on November 21, 2014

Group I

Hyderabad Hawks held on to secure a draw with two wickets remaining on the final day of their match against Lahore Eagles. Having been set a target of 387 with less than a day to go, Hyderabad were comfortably placed to save the game at 104 for 1. However, they collapsed to 158 for 7, with Asif Raza taking 4 for 68 for Lahore. The ninth-wicket pair of Mohammad Yasir and Mir Ali eventually remained unbeaten as Hyderabad ended on 213.
Lahore's dominance in the game had been set up on day one, when Fadah-ul-Haq scored a century. He finished on 138 as Lahore were dismissed for 334 on the second day, with Hyderabad's Babar Khan taking 5 for 114. Hyderabad struggled in their response, though, and were dismissed for 238, conceding a 96-run first innings lead. All of theirtop-seven batsmen had got starts but only the captain Azeem Ghumman converted it into a half-century. Ahmed Bashir and Shahid Nawaz took three wicket each for Lahore.
Lahore scored at 3.93 runs per over to set up a target, with Mohammad Waheed contributing 110. Mohammad Hamza made 77 off 110 balls to drive his team to 290 for 6, when the declaration came. Hyderabad were able to hang on to avoid outright defeat in the end.
Quetta Bears hung on for a draw against Karachi Zebras, after both teams had held the advantage at different points during the match. Bears struck first, bowling Zebras out for 187 in the first innings thanks to a five-wicket haul from Gohar Faiz. Bears then compiled 268 in reply, collecting a vital lead of 81. Their innings was built around half-centuries from Arun Lal (78) and Rameez Raja (67). Zebras, however, counterattacked in their second essay, as Arsalan Bashir (114) and Owais Rehmani (114) both raised hundreds to power the team to 342 for 8 before they decided to declare, setting Bears 262 for victory. A four-wicket burst from Mansoor Ahmed reduced Bears to 142 for 8, but Zebras ran out of time to pick up the last two wickets that would've given them an outright win.

Group II

Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar took five wickets in each innings to bowl State Bank of Pakistan to victory by an innings and 21 runs against Sui Southern Gas Corporation in Sargodha.
SBP had reduced SSGC to 107 for 5 in the first innings, after winning the toss, but half-centuries fromMohammad Waqas, Safiullah Bangash and Mohammad Irfan lifted the total to 312 by the time they were all out early on the second day. Gohar bowled 30.2 overs to finish with 5 for 80.
SBP's batsmen put in a far stronger performance. Usman Salahuddin and Rizwan Haider made 129 and 107, and Babar Azam missed a century by eight runs as they amassed 488. Irfan took 5 for 144 but was unable to prevent SBP's Nos. 10 and 11 from contributing. Kashif Bhatti and Mohammad Naved made 24 each to give their side a 176-run lead in the first innings.
Gohar and Bhatti then took five wickets apiece to shoot out SSGC for 155 in 55.1 overs. SSGC had progressed to 91 for 1 before the crash came and they lost nine wickets for 64 runs to lose by an innings.