Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 11th round recap
Karachi Blues versus Faisalabad
Karachi Blues continued to dominate Faisalabad, restricting them to a modest score of 195 runs for the loss of seven wickets, on the third day of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at National Stadium Karachi.
Trailing by 72 runs, the visitors did not put up a good show in their second outing, as they are only 123 runs ahead of the hosts with three wickets remaining. Qaiser Iqbal was the star performer for Faislabad with the bat, amassing 72 runs in a resilient
manner. In his defiant knock, Iqbal struck nine boundaries and played shots all-around the park.
Apart from Iqbal, every other batsman failed to make an impact with the bat, as the second highest score for the touring team was 28 runs from the blade of Hasan Mahmood. In addition, Abdur Rauf (6) and Ahmed Hayat (0) will start the proceedings for Faisalabad
on the fourth day of the 11th round.
Earlier, Faisalabad racked up an average 192-run total in their first innings and in response Karachi mustered 264 runs, to take a 72-run lead.
The Karachi bowlers did a pretty good job, as they didn’t allow the opposition batsmen to score runs freely. In the process, they were able to scalp the wickets of seven visiting batsmen. The seamers bowled a probing line and length and almost every bowler
chipped in with a wicket. Tabish Khan was the pick of the bowlers, as he registered decent figures of two for 41 in 17 incisive overs.
Habib Bank Limited versus Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
On a rain-marred day in Lahore, Habib Bank Limited (HBL) lost their top three batsmen against Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL). Only 10 overs were possible on day three, as HBL was reduced to 36 for three. The conditions were suitable for seam bowling,
and the seamers took complete advantage to pick up three wickets.
Habib Bank started their innings sedately and in doing so, they put up a resolute 33-run opening partnership. However, they then lost three wickets for as many runs. In the process, Shafayat looked solid for his 20-run innings, though he wasn’t able to convert
his start into a score of substance.
Asad Ali and Imran Ali wreaked havoc for the opposition batsmen, as they moved the ball in the air on a consistent basis. Asad was the pick of the bowlers, recording decent figures of two for 25 in gritty spell of ten overs, while Imran picked up one for
7 in nine economical overs.
Sialkot versus Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi crumbled in their first innings in pursuit of Sialkot's 209-run total, as they made only 86 runs for the loss of five wickets. The visiting batsmen struggled to find their touch on a dicey Iqbal Stadium pitch.
Nevertheless, Zahid Mansoor was the star performer with the bat for Rawalpindi, as he scored 44 runs in order to provide some sort of stability. However Jamal (23) was the only other batsman who managed a double figure score.
Waqas Ahmed was the star performer for the hosts with the red cherry, as he registered brilliant figures of three for 25 in a hostile display of fast bowling. Meanwhile, Nabeel Malik and Majid Jahangir chipped in with one wicket each.
Earlier, Sialkot piled up a competent 209-run first innings total in bowling friendly conditions. Surprisingly, no batsman was able to post a half-century, and the highest score was 46 runs from the willow of Shehzad Malik. On the other hand, Rizwan Akbar
devastated the hosts with a superb spell of medium-fast bowling, taking five for 53 in the first outing.