Quaid Trophy: High-flying PIA make early inroads

Ali’s six wickets put team in the driving seat on opening day against HBL.


Express December 14, 2011

PIA continued their impressive run in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, taking a six-run lead on the opening day against defending champions HBL.

According to information provided by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ali Imran, who has had a successful season, was among the wickets again, taking six for 45. Kamran Sajid claimed three for 12 as HBL were bundled out in the 38th over for 128.

In reply, PIA, who have confirmed their place in the event’s final, faltered before Sajid hit a 65-ball 41 and Sarfraz Ahmed contributed an unbeaten 28 to take their side past the HBL’s total.

Ahmed’s knock helps  Karachi Blues

Karachi Blues reached 251 for seven with Ahmed Iqbal leading the way, hitting an unbeaten 73 against Islamabad on the opening day. Iqbal was supported by Mohammad Bilal who made 42.

Ayub hits sparkling century for Sialkot

Mohammad Ayub hit a superb century to help Sialkot post an impressive 329 for five on the board against Faisalabad. Ayub was dismissed for 118 after facing 156 deliveries, while Mansoor Amjad managed a 102-ball 72.

Rawalpindi on the back foot against Abbottabad

Abbottabad reached 73 for two and trailed by another 142 runs after Rawalpindi posted 215 in the first-innings. Abbottabad’s Ahmed Jamal took four for 57, while Wajid Ali claimed two for 29.

Haris’ century saves ZTBL

ZTBL, in the hunt for a place in the final, racked up 256 for seven on the opening day against SBP. Haris Sohail shone with the bat, hitting 106 while all-rounder Sohail Tanvir made 68.

In another match, NBP managed to reach 274 for seven against Wapda.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2011.

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