United Bank Limited hermetic their place in a final of a President’s Trophy with a 169-run win over Port Qasim Authority in Karachi. Though they were chasing a diversion during a initial half of a Test, a estimable second-innings sum pleasantness Abid Ali‘s century and a stellar bowling bid led by captain Atif Maqbool, who took eleven wickets for a match, took United Bank to pretension contention.
Mohammad Sami’s 4 wickets singular United Bank to 232 and Port Qasim were means to build on their bowers’ exploits mostly interjection to a martial 140 from captain Khalid Latif. He arrived with a measure during 153 for 5 and his 116-ball bid was critical to a side securing a 98-run lead. Maqbool, a offspinner, was a star bowler for United Bank, claiming 6 for 102, yet his conflicting series snared a limelight, biffing 12 sixes and 9 fours.
United Bank, who had finished a 15-year hiatus from top-grade first-class cricket in 2011, were means to renovate a lead they conceded and set adult a challenging fourth-innings aim of 290 by Abid’s 128, his ninth first-class ton. He paced his innings utterly good and ensured he wasn’t bogged down by distinguished 18 fours. With a small assistance from Mohammad Zohaib (61) and No. 9 Kashif Bhatti (64), United Bank were means to put adult a most improved bid second time around. Azam Hussain was a collect of a bowlers with 7 for 102.
Port Qasim’s follow stuttered even as it began with a tumble of 4 early wickets. Asim Kamal’s half-century was usually one of 3 double-figure scores in a innings as Maqbool valid heavy once again, finale adult with 5 for 39 and sealing United Bank’s feat to assistance a four-time Quad-e-Azam champions bid for their initial President’s Trophy title.
Invited to bat, SNGPL were dented early and were propped adult usually by Misbah’s battling century. The subsequent best measure was 18 as Azhar Attari claimed 5 wickets for a third time in his first-class career. Misbah faced some-more than twice as many balls as any of his team-mates, distinguished 7 sixes and 8 fours.
Though usually 187 was indispensable to explain a first-innings lead, WAPDA’s batting struggled right from a start. Having mislaid their initial wicket with no measure on a board, they were jarred by unchanging jolts mostly pleasantness left-arm spinner Khalid, who finished adult with 5 for 31. A slew of starts were squandered by a WAPDA batsmen ensuing in them being discharged for 137.
With a lead of 49, SNGPL went for a kill. After opener Taufeeq Umar fell for a 66-ball 65, Umar Akmal was promoted to No.3 and skinned 77 off usually 37 balls. WAPDA were set 272 for feat yet they fell good brief as again nothing of their batsmen could post some-more than 38. Khalid snared 4 wickets in a second innings as well.
Invited to bat, National Bank suffered a trend of batsmen unwell to gain on their starts. Akmal, entrance during No.6 pennyless a trend with a fast century. His ability during anticipating a range was apparent as he mauled 94 of his 106 runs by fours (19) and sixes (3). Fifties from Nasir Jamshed and Fawad Alam had set a height for his blast as National Bank announced their innings on 325.
Offspinner Adnan Rasool raked by a Habib Bank center and reduce sequence to explain his 10th five-wicket haul, that valid instrumental in bundling Habib Bank out for 178. Imran Farhat, a captain, led a insurgency with hermit Humayun chipping in yet a miss of estimable partnerships and large scores meant National Bank gained a lead of 147.
Akmal pulpy a advantage serve with an assertive half-century in a second innings and his team-mates followed suit. Wahab Riaz was promoted to No.4 and crushed 5 fours and dual sixes in a 17-ball 40 that powered National Bank to 181 in 22.2 overs, when they announced to set adult a aim of 329.
The follow began good as a openers put adult Habib Bank’s initial fifty-partnership of a match. Bilal Shafayat and Imran Farhat posted useful half-centuries yet conjunction batsman could convert. With a measure on 171, Farhat was a fifth batsman to tumble and Habib Bank mislaid a serve 3 wickets with a measure on 204 to be 8 down. Ahmed Jamal picked adult a final dual in a 77th over to finish his five-for as feat was sealed.
PTV were routed for 212 in a initial innings, carrying been put in. It did not demeanour likely, with Akbar Badshah and Mohammad Sami putting on 74 for a fourth wicket. The measure was still a pretty healthy 157 for 4, yet a final 6 wickets acted really small hazard as Sajjad Hussain and Imran Khan claimed 4 wickets each.
ZTBL’s batting bid was dominated by Sharjeel as he went during scarcely a run-a-ball, slamming an startling 40 fours and 5 sixes. The rest of a top-order, though, could minister usually 24 runs to a sum and ZTBL were in substantial difficulty during 61 for 5. But that was when Sharjeel took control. He combined 66 runs with Luqman Butt and a serve 214 with a screw Shakeel Ansar, who struck his fourth first-class fifty.
PTV would not be scuttled out again as Sami went on to make his second first-class ton, with 12 fours and dual sixes, and enjoyed good support from Zohaib Ahmed who struck 81 as they reached 290 for 5 during a finish of a fourth day.