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March 21, 2017



Kashif, Umar put SBP in driving seat

KARACHI: Left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti got seven wickets and Umar Waheed slammed an unbeaten hundred to put State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in a strong position against Pak Saudi on the first day of their third round Group A outing of the Patron’s Trophy Grade-II here at UBL Sports Complex on Monday.


Kashif bowled lethally to enable SBP to dismiss Pak Saudi for 167 in 50 overs in their first innings.

Aasher Qureshi scored 48, while Imtiaz Alam made 47.

In response, SBP had reached 223-3 by the close of play, with left-hander Umar batting on 124. He smashed 24 fours in his undefeated knock. He has so far faced 115 balls. Test opener Sami Aslam scored 76 off 92 balls, striking ten fours.

SBP are 56 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand.

In the other show of this group, here at NBP Sports Complex, Ahmed Iqbal captured 4-51 to enable Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to fold Haideri Traders for 225 in their first innings. Mohammad Asim hammered a fantastic 106 off 155 balls, hitting 13 fours and one six.

Irfan Haider chipped in with 57 which had four fours.

KPT, in response, were 67-2 with Nadeem Javed batting on 30.

Here at SBP Ground, Candyland were bundled out by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for 208 in their first innings with Hasan Javed scoring 58 and Fawad Ali 47. Mohammad Bilal contributed 40. Ahsan Mirza finished with magical figures of 8-72.

CAA, in response, were struggling at 86-4 at stumps.

In a Group B show, at Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad, Waqas Saleem (133) and wicket-keeper batsman Shakeel Ansar (123) guided Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to 352-7 in their first innings in the allotted 83 overs against Customs.

Mohammad Salman captured 4-102.

In reply, Customs were tottering at seven for the loss of three wickets.

At Marghzar Ground, Islamabad, Shahid Khan (96), Umair Khan (63) and Shoaib Amir (62) struck fifties to help Army post 387-9 in their first innings against IMEX. Nauman Najeeb scored 40 not out. Najam Khan got three wickets, while Moosa Khan, Hasan Sultan and Umair Sajid Mir claimed two each. IMEX were 37 without loss, in response.

At National Ground, Islamabad, POL were bundled out for 135 in their first innings by Capital Development Authority (CDA) with Faisal Khan picking 5-22.

In response, CDA were 214-4, for a lead of 79 runs. Obaid Bangash hit 98 off 153 balls, smashing 16 fours. Naved Malik scored 46.

At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, PTV scored 318-9 in their first innings against Port Qasim Authority (PQA) with Naeem Anjum (84), Sarmad Bhatti (83) and Raheel Majeed (78) scoring fifties.

Left-arm spinner Azam Hussain got 4-87.

PQA will begin their innings on Tuesday (today).

At Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala, Income Tax piled up 327-7 in the allotted 83 overs of their first innings against Rahat and Shuja Impex with Ali Shahid Butt blasting 127, which had 17 fours. Shoaib Akram made 66 and Fahad Usman belted 40.

Imran Khan and Amir Sohail got two wickets each. Rahat and Shuja Impex were 51-1, in response, at stumps.

In Sheikhupura, after scoring 127 in their first innings, HEC dismissed Humak Engineering for only 76. Nauman Akram got 5-34 for HEC.

HEC were 59-4 in their second innings at close.

In a Group D show, at LCCA Ground, Lahore, Railways scored 324 all out in their first innings against K-Electric.

Salman Ali (93), Asim Ali Nasir (61) and Mohammad Mohsin (53) scored fifties. K-Electric were 17 without loss.

At Jinnah Stadium, Sailkot, Danish Aziz slammed 164 with 26 fours and three sixes to enable Omar Associates to declare their first innings at 365-5 against NADRA.

Mohtashim Ali backed Danish with a solid 81, which had 12 fours. NADRA were 36-1, in response, at close.

At Railways Stadium, Lahore, Ghani Glass perished for 226 in their first innings against Brighto Paints. Husain Bukhari made 49. Salman Ali Agha got 4-77.

Brighto Paints, in response, were 80-2.