Fakhar Zaman produced an allround show by taking three wickets and scoring 77 runs to lead Karachi Blues to victory by an innings and 33 runs against hosts Islamabad in their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last-round match yesterday.
Islamabad were bundled out for 115 in their second innings. Earlier, the Blues were bowled out for 345 with a lead of 148 runs. The Karachi outfit took maximum points from their win. Lahore Ravi’s chances of making it to Super-Eight increased after they enforced the follow-on against Peshawar, who got out on 209 in their first-inning while replying to 512.
Meanwhile, hosts Multan amassed 428 all out against Sialkot, piling on a lead of 239 runs. Shoaib Maqsood top-scored with 116, while Mohammad Abbas and Faisal Rasheed took three wickets apiece. In reply, Sialkot were 65 for two, trailing by 174 runs.
In group-II, Lahore Shalimar thumped Hyderabad by an innings and 25 runs as pacers Aizaz Cheema and Wahab Riaz took 14 wickets between them at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Elsewhere, Karachi Whites’ Khalid Latif notched up a defiant ton to overshadow Faisalabad’s Samiullah Niazi’s six-wicket performance at the Mirpur Stadium. Faislabad were 144 for three while chasing a target of 357 runs.
The Rawalpindi-Bahawalpur match was evenly poised as the former had built a 225-run lead at stumps.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2013.
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