Impressive performances by spinners helped Hyderabad close onto an emphatic win over Bahawalpur on day three of their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy round five match.
Bahawalpur were struggling at 89 for six while following-on, with a deficit of 230 runs.
Earlier, Bahawalpur were all out for 194 in their first-innings after resuming the day at 60 for two in reply to Hyderabad’s 513. The trio of spinners Noman Ali, Zahid Mahmood and Nasir claimed three wickets apiece.
Meanwhile, Lahore Shalimar were on the brink of victory against Rawalpindi, courtesy Aizaz Cheema and Zia-ul-Haq — who shared 16 wickets between them in both innings.
Shalimar were 134 for three at the close of play needing 106 more runs to win. Umar Akmal made a quickfire 40-ball 52 hitting 10 boundaries. Earlier, Rawalpindi bundled out for 198.
In group-II, Karachi Blues managed a 47-run first-innings lead over hosts Multan, who were bowled out for 363. Blues had scored 410 all out in their first innings. They were then six for no loss in their second innings at the end of proceedings.
Elsewhere, Peshawar stretched their lead to 109 runs against Sialkot after making 32 for two in their second innings. Peshawar had bowled out Sialkot for 269. In another match, Islamabad were 75 for three in their first-innings while replying to Quetta’s 263.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2013.