Karachi Blues quickies Tabish Khan, Anwar Ali and Tariq Haroon produced good all-round performances to help their side build on their first-innings lead against Hyderabad on day two of their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Super-Eight Group B match at the Mirpur Stadium.
Blues were bowled out cheaply in their first innings on 205 as Tabish scored 41 and Haroon made 34 as Lal Kumar bagged a five-wicket haul.
However, Hyderabad were bundled out for 141 in just 36 overs, handing a 64-run lead to their opponents. Haroon took four wickets supported by Anwar, who picked up three scalps and Tabish Khan chipped in with two wickets.
Blues then stretched their lead to 197 runs as they ended the day on 133 for four in their second innings with Akbarur Rehman holding the innings together with an unbeaten 61.
Meanwhile, the Akmal brothers – Kamran and Umar – slammed half-centuries to guide Lahore Shalimar to a 169-run lead against Lahore Ravi on day three at the LCCA Ground.
In reply, Ravi raced to 144 for four courtesy Ahmed Shahzad’s 66-run blitz that included 13 boundaries.
Babar, Shoaib hit tons for Rawalpindi
In Group A, Rawalpindi were in a strong position against Islamabad, who were 123 for three while replying to 362, on day three at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
Earlier, Rawalpindi were dismissed for 362 with Shoaib Ahmed Minhas scoring 147 while Babar Naeem scored 101. Rao Iftikhar claimed a five-for supported by Nasarullah Khan, who dismissed four batsmen.
Elsewhere, the Sialkot-Karachi Whites match could only be played for 45 overs on day two due to poor ground conditions with Sialkot making 144 for four at the Diamond Ground. The bottom-placed sides met the same fate.
However, the Peshawar-Quetta match was played to full length as Peshawar ended day three on 322 for seven at the Arbab Niaz Stadium.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2013.