Pakistan Domestic Cricket Update – December 8th, 2011 – Part Two
Habib Bank of Pakistan (HBL) had scored 241 runs for the loss of eight wickets against Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in its first innings at the close of play on day one at the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, in a fixture of the Quaid e Azam Trophy
2011-12, Division One, on December 8, 2011.
Aamer Sajjad won the toss for WAPDA and elected to bowl first because he wanted to get the best use of any moisture present in the pitch on day one. However, the bankers were off to a good start thanks to Pakistani international cricketer, Ahmed Shehzad
and left-handed batsman, Shan Masood. The two of them scored 80 runs for the opening stand before being separated.
At one stage, HBL was sitting pretty with 184 runs for the loss of three wickets but they lost wickets in a heap afterwards and as a result they had lost eight of them by stumps.
Shehzad and Aftab Alam scored valiant half centuries for them, whereas, the latter is still unbeaten on 63 runs.
Left-arm spinner, Zulfiqar Babar was the pick of the bowlers for WAPDA as he claimed four crucial scalps for his team. Imran Khan also shined with three wickets.
At the Lahore City Cricket Association ground, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) had scored 239 runs for the loss of seven wickets against National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in another fixture of Division One.
Test cricketer, Yasir Hameed and Haris Sohail scored important half centuries for their team, whereas, emerging left handed opening batsman, Sharjeel Khan was trapped in front of the stumps on 46.
Out of favour with the national selectors because of suspicions, left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz was the star for NBP as he picked up six out of the seven wickets to have fallen in the first innings so far. Left-arm spinner, Raza Hasan picked up the only
other wicket to have fallen in ZTBL’s innings.
This brilliant performance by Wahab is surely going to put pressure on the selectors and they may have to give the exact reasons for the left armer’s omission from the national squad.