KARACHI: Half-centuries by Shan Masood and Younus Khan steered UBL to their fourth win and the top of Pool A in the National One-Day Cup as they defeated SNGPL by six wickets at the Pindi Stadium on Monday.
Asked to bat first, SNGPL were restricted to 228 as Sadaf Mehdi dismissed four batsmen, while Umar Khan claimed two wickets. Chasing 229, UBL reached the target in 45.4 overs for the loss of four wickets as Masood made 78 runs while Younus was unbeaten on 64.
In another match, an unbeaten half-centuries by Salman Butt and Ayyaz Tasawar helped Wapda register a seven-wicket win over HBL at the UBL Ground in Karachi. Asked to bat first, HBL were restricted to 169 as Khalid Usman took four wickets while Zahid Mansoor and Muhammad Asif took two each.
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In reply, Wapda reached the target in 41.5 overs, losing three wickets in the process, as Butt (81) and Tasawar (72) combined to form an unbeaten partnership of 142 runs to guide their team to a win.
At the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad, KRL defeated NBP by seven runs, despite Akber Rehman’s (106) heroics with the bat for the losing side. Asked to bat first, KRL posted 265-9 while NBP were restricted to 258 as Majid Ali bagged three wickets.
In the match between Karachi Whites and Fata at the NBP Stadium in Karachi, Muhammad Naeem scored 76 runs to help FATA win by five wickets. Batting first, Karachi Whites set a target of 269, while Fata reached the target in 48.3 overs.
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At the National Stadium of Karachi, Rawalpindi made 260-9 and managed to restrict Lahore Whites to 227 as Zainul Abidin took four wickets, while Sohail Tanveer took three.
In another match, PQA defeated SSGC by 76 runs as they managed to defend their 310-run target by restricting SSGC to 233, while in the match between Islamabad and Peshawar, Islamabad won by 35 runs as they dismissed Peshawar on 184 after giving a 220-run target.
In the last match of the day, Hyderabad, who had set a 247-run target, defeated Lahore Blues by 15 runs at the National Ground in Islamabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2016.
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