Wins put Peshawar and SNGPL on top

A round-up of the fourth day of the eighth round of Division Two in the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy 2011-12

Peshawar completed their seventh win in eight games this season, an innings-and-ten-runs hammering of Karachi Whites at the National Stadium in Karachi. Resuming their second innings at 43 for 1, still 156 runs adrift of Peshawar's first-innings effort, Karachi had no answers to Sajjad Ahmed's offbreaks. Behram Khan (64) was the only batsman to come to terms with the challenge before Sajjad's return of 5 for 61 bowled out Karachi for 189 - 52 runs short of what they managed in the first dig, and ten short of making Peshawar bat again. The result gave Peshawar nine points, keeping them at the joint top spot along with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited.
Lahore Shalimar outlasted Multan by three wickets at the Multan Cricket Stadium in a low-scoring potboiler that swung one way and another. Resuming their second innings at 40 for 2 - 176 short of victory - Lahore were made to scrap every inch of the way by the Multan attack, led by Mohammad Zahid (3 for 65). Asif Yousuf scored a half-century from No.3, but it needed 40s from Khalid Bashir and Adnan Raza to haul their side towards safety from a precarious 126 for 4. Still, at 199 for 7, it was anybody's game, but wicketkeeper Anayat Saeed took Shalimar home with an unbeaten 18 off 19 balls.
Khurram Shehzad's century and Usman Arshad's 76 combined to give Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) a fluent seven-wicket win against Quetta at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Seamer Asad Ali set up the win with a burst of wickets early on the final day that reduced Quetta from their overnight 201 for 6 to 226 all out. Asad finished with a six-for, leaving his side with 195 to win the match. A sprightly new-ball spell from Arun Lal left SNGPL tottering at 19 for 3, before Arshad and Shehzad got together. The pair scored their runs at a fast clip, with Shehzad in particular fairly energetic, as he hammered 15 fours and a six off 111 balls. The winning runs came in the 47th over, putting SNGPL atop the table, alongside Peshawar.