KARACHI: Quickies Tabish Khan and Tariq Haroon took three wickets apiece as Karachi Blues closed in to taking a first-inning lead against Lahore Ravi during their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Super-Eight third round match at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Asked to bat first, Ravi were bundled out for 175 in 55.2 overs as Adnan Akmal top-scored with an 84-ball 56 run knock while Imran Ali remained unbeaten on 34. Zohaib Shera claimed two scalps to assist Khan and Haroon.In reply, Blues scored 126 for four at the close of play, thanks to a quick knock from Fakhar Zaman as he made 64 off 75 balls. Mohammad Irshad picked up three wickets.
Blues currently lead group B and are in pole position to go through to the final.
In the other match of the group, Imran Butt (79*) and Kamran Akmal (70) struck half-centuries to propel Lahore Shalimar to 195 for one in just 39 overs against Hyderabad at the LCCA Ground.
Hyderabad’s decision to bowl first backfired as Shalimar batsmen cashed on the opportunity of batting first on a good-looking pitch. Umar Akmal too chipped in with an unbeaten 36 before play was brought to a premature end.
Shan scores unbeaten ton
Elsewhere, in group A, Islamabad were given a solid start by upcoming prospect Shan Masood, who notched up 131 not out, to help his team post 278 for five in 90 overs against Karachi Whites at the Diamond Ground yesterday.
Islamabad won the toss and opted to bat first and Shan made sure that his team took the right decision with a 264-ball knock that consisted of 15 strikes to the fence. Mohammad Sami and Abdul Ameer got two wickets each.
Meanwhile, Umar Amin top-scored with 75 as Rawalpindi were bowled out for 294 in 88.2 overs against Sialkot at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
Adnan Mufti chipped in with 54, while Jamal Anwar made 32. Bilalwal Bhatti, who continues to stage a recovery after an injury, bagged four wickets while Shoaib Malik dismissed three batsmen.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2013.