Hafeez ensures Sui Gas remains on top
The President’s Trophy continued this week with national stars getting good outings and emerging players sending reminders to selector.
Sui Gas Remain on Top
Sui Gas remained at the top of the table at the end of this week’s matches with a thumping innings and 216 runs win over UBL.
Mohammad Hafeez picked up 4-13 in only 7 overs to help dismiss UBL for 165, and then walked out to bat and single handedly scored more than what UBL’s entire team managed. Hafeez stayed at the crease for 7.5 hours and faced 301 deliveries while scoring 193 with the help of 32 boundaries.
Hafeez also shared a 218-run 4th wicket partnership with Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq, who scored his second successive century in the tournament.
Sui Gas’ total of 455 was more than enough to ensure an innings win, which was hastened by Faisalabad’s medium fast bowler Ali Asad whose 7 wickets bowled UBL out for only 74.
Habib Bank Continue Winning Ways
Habib Bank also continued their winning ways and remained 6 points behind Sui Gas in the points table. This week they beat KRL by 65 runs after they had collapsed to 161 in their first innings.
19-year-old Ehsan Adil who has been in impressive form during the President’s Trophy, gave another superb performance picking up 6 wickets that ensured that Habib Bank didn’t concede too big a first innings lead.
A much improved batting display in the second innings with Imran Farhat (102), Asad Shafiq (80*), Ahmed Shehzad (75), and Younis Khan (58) all getting runs allowed Habib Bank to post 399 and give KRL a target of 308, which proved to be enough at the end.
Easy win for NBP
National Bank of Pakistan made light weight of their match against SBP winning by an innings after posting an average 304 in their first innings. SBP were bowled out for 136 and 137 with the returning Wahab Riaz picking up a 10 wicket haul.
PIA win Despite Haris’ 3rd 100
Haris Sohail continued his great form this season with a third successive ton, yet he could not help avoid a defeat at the hands of PIA.
PIA were staring at their first loss this season after conceding a first innings 60 run lead, but Aizaz Cheema (4-55) and Anwar Ali (3-19) ensured that PIA only required 192 to win.
With not many overs available, PIA had to chase down the runs quickly, which they managed thanks to Faisal Iqbal (44 off 21) and Shoaib Malik (27 off 25).
Port Qasim’s First Win
Port Qasim registered their first win of the season with an unlikely win over WAPDA who were set a 118 run target in the second innings. Junaid Khan picked up 8 wickets in the match including a 5 wicket haul in the first innings that restricted Port Qasim to 215.
Requiring 118 to win, WAPDA folded for 100 in their 2nd innings as Tanvir Ahmed (4-12) and Azam Hussain (4-41) proved too hot to handle for the WAPDA batsmen giving Port Wasim their first win in the President’s Trophy.
The President’s Trophy continues next week with the likely inclusion of Shahid Afridi for Habib Bank and Mohammad Yousuf for Port Qasim.