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February 15, 2007

Karachi Urban enhance chances of making Gold final

 
February 15, 2007

KARACHI: As Faisalabad were bowled out for a modest 200 runs in their first innings, on the second day of their four-day, seventh and last round 49th Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Cricket Championship Gold League match, here at the United Bank Limited (UBL) Sports Complex Ground No.1 on Wednesday, Karachi Urban’s chances of making it to the final of the competition gained a big boost. Karachi Urban, who had earlier taken their overnight 288 for six to an impressive 364 runs yesterday, thus clinched a crucial first innings lead of 164. By the close of play, their openers had scored three runs in three overs in the second innings, without being separated. The Karachi team are currently sitting at second place in the seven-team Gold League table behind Sialkot, who too have an identical points tally of 24. Karachi Urban will now most probably join defending champions Sialkot in the final, if they go on to beat Faisalabad here. Faisalabad, champions in 2003-04 and runners-up during the last two seasons, are now at fourth place with 18 points. They needed an outright win with the full nine points to qualify for the final. The 26-year-old off-spinner Tahir Khan, who has now taken his season’s tally to 30 wickets in seven first-class matches, was one reason why Faisalabad fell for a low score. He captured four wickets for 64 runs in 19.5 overs. But the contribution of the other Urban bowlers cannot be discounted either. Imran Javed, sharing the new ball with Tanvir Ahmed, took 3-40 in 11 overs and young left-arm spinner Azam Hussain two for 54 in 21. The only real resistance in the Faisalabad ranks came from their captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Having come in at 22-2, the 32-year-old from Mianwali who has played Tests and ODIs for Pakistan, remained unbeaten till the end. He scored 83 runs in a little over four hours, facing 161 balls and hitting nine fours and a six. His 63-run stand in an hour and a quarter for the fifth wicket with another former Pakistan

an player Naved Latif was significant. Naved took 68 balls to hit 39 runs with six fours and a six. Earlier, Faisal Iqbal added only six runs to his overnight 31. The tail contributed useful runs while Faisalabad veteran Ijaz Ahmed Junior took his tally of fielding catches in the innings to four. Scoreboard Karachi Urban won toss Karachi Urban 1st inns (overnight 288-6) Agha Sabir c Ijaz b Saeed 102 Asif Zakir b Tauqeer 0 Saeed Bin Nasir c Ijaz b Imran Khalid 52 *Hasan Raza b Imran Khalid 41 Faisal Iqbal c Ijaz b Asad 37 Asim Kamal c Ijaz b Saeed 6 Imran Javed c Salman b Asad 23 †Amin-ur-Rehman b Ahmed Hayat 3 Tanvir Ahmed lbw b Imran Khalid 23 Tahir Khan not out 16 Azam Hussain c Ahmed Hayat b Ijaz 16 Extras (b8, lb10, w2, nb16) 36 Total (all out, 110.5 overs) 364 Fall: 1-7, 2-124, 3-211, 4-217, 5-235, 6-288, 7-296, 8-297, 9-330 Bowling: Asad Ali 29-7-76-2 (4nb, 2w); Tauqeer Hussain 9-1-37-1 (5nb); Ahmed Hayat 19-4-67-1 (6nb); Saeed Ajmal 20-3-64-2; Imran Khalid 33-5-92-3; Ijaz Ahmed 0.5-0-0-1 Faisalabad 1st inns Imran Ali c Amin b Tanvir 9 Asif Hussain c Hasan b Imran 1 Imran Khalid lbw b Imran 6 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 83 Ijaz Ahmed Jr c Azam b Imran 4 Naved Latif c Sabir b Tahir 39 †Mohammad Salman c Faisal b Azam 19 Tauqeer Hussain b Tahir 6 Ahmed Hayat c Saeed b Azam 6 Saeed Ajmal b Tahir 1 Asad Ali b Tahir 4 Extras (b4, lb10, w1, nb7) 22 Total (all out, 61.5 overs) 200 Fall: 1-22, 2-22, 3-38, 4-42, 5-105, 6-138, 7-149, 8-168, 9-187 Bowling: Tanvir Ahmed 9-3-26-1 (2nb); Imran Javed 11-1-40-3 (5nb, 1w); Azam Hussain 21-3-54-2; Tahir Khan 19.5-2-64-4; Asif Zakir 1-0-2-0 Karachi Urban 2nd inns Agha Sabir batting 3 Asif Zakir batting 0 Extras 0 Total (no wkt, 3 overs) 3 Bowling: Asad Ali 2-0-3-0; Ahmed Hayat 1-1-0-0 Umpires: Mian Aslam and Siddiq Khan. Match referee: Saadat Ali. Official scorer: Mohammad Ahsan