KARACHI: It is almost certain that the drastically-depleted Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) won’t defend their Quaid-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship title after the holders faced the humiliation of being asked to follow on in the Super Eight fixture on Sunday.
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Wapda will fight it to clinch a place in the Dec 10-14 final when they take on each other in the last Group-I match after both put themselves in driving seat on Sunday.
SSGC made life miserable for SNGPL on a day when no less 17 wickets fell at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Sports Complex. Resuming at 339-5, SSGC could add just 16 runs to be dismissed for 355 with Asif Zakir trapped LBW by Mohammad Imran without adding to his overnight tally of 105.
Seamer Imran finished with four wickets for 61 runs but his fine spell left little time for his team-mates to celebrate as SNGPL capitulated inside 42 overs for a paltry first-innings total of 85.
Discarded Pakistan all-rounder Aamir Yamin sent a strong message to the national selectors with a magnificent burst of 6-53 from 16 overs while his new-ball partner Zia-ul-Haq had SNGPL captain Mohammad Hafeez caught behind for only eight runs.
Batting again, SNGPL reached 63-2 with Hafeez making 29 before being declared LBW by lanky paceman Ahmed Jamal.
With SNGPL, who were outclassed by Wapda last week, still requiring 207 to avert innings defeat, SSGC are firm favourites to record their second successive success in the Super Eight stage.
Wapda consolidated their dominating position by progressing to 417-9 in reply to Karachi Whites’ 172 at the NBP Sports Complex with former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and Zahid Mansoor both completing centuries.
Salman struck 120 off 155 balls with the aid of 17 boundaries and Zahid made 102 from 193 deliveries with the aid of 13 fours and one six while the pair’s second-wicket partnership yielded 165 runs.
Meanwhile, both Group-II fixtures are intriguingly poised after day two of action.
United Bank Limited (UBL) staged a grand comeback after being bowled out for 176 on Saturday by dismissing National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for 171 at the UBL Sports Complex with left-arm paceman Mir Hamza grabbing 4-58 in 26 overs.
However, NBP then reduced the hosts to 92-4 in the second innings as paceman Atif Jabbar took 3-17 in an inspired first spell.
Pace-bowling all-rounder Fahim Ashraf brought Habib Bank Limited (HBL) back into the match when Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) suffered a dramatic collapse to be bowled out for 157 in response to the bankers’ 151 in their day-night clash at the National Stadium.
Fahim, who came to HBL rescue with a defiant 63 on the first day, ended up with brilliant analysis of 6-65 from 21 overs.
Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq then batted with great responsibility by sharing a superbly-constructed stand of 117 on either side of the dinner break.
But KRL hit back to have HBL somewhat jittery at 148-3 in the second innings. Fakhar contributed 49 off 144 balls with eight fours, while Imam compiled a patient 86 with his 179-ball knock featuring 10 fours.
Close of play scores on Sunday (day two of four):
Super Eight stage second round:
At SBP Sports Complex, Karachi: SUI SOUTHERN GAS COMPANY 355 in 94.4 overs (Asif Zakir 105, Adil Amin 68, Awais Zia 55, Saifullah Khan Bangash 35, Mohammad Irfan 34, Fawad Alam 21; Mohammad Imran 4-61, Ahmed Safi 3-84, Samiullah Khan Niazi 2-64); SUI NORTHERN GAS PIPELINES LIMITED 85 in 41.5 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 18; Aamir Yamin 6-53, Ahmed Jamal 2-18) and 63-2 in 28 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 29).
At NBP Sports Complex, Karachi: KARACHI WHITES 172 in 72.4 overs (Behram Khan 45, Saad Ali 35, Faraz Ali 31; Zulfiqar Babar 5-75, Khalid Usman 2-30, Mohammad Irfan 2-34); WATER AND POWER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 417-9 in 112 overs (Salman Butt 120, Zahid Mansoor 102, Kamran Akmal 36, Aamir Sajjad 34, Naseer Akram 29 not out, Mansoor Amjad 27, Ayaz Tasawwar 22; Asad Butt 2-58, Ghulam Mudassar 2-60, Raza-ul-Hasan 2-91, Azam Hussain 2-110).
At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: UNITED BANK LIMITED 176 in 62.2 overs (Hammad Azam 64, Mohammad Wajihuddin 27, Umar Siddique 21; Mohammad Irfan 5-84, Atif Jabbar 4-40) and 92-4 in 30 overs (Akbar-ur-Rehman 31, Shan Masood 30 not out; Atif Jabbar 3-17); NATIONAL BANK OF PAKISTAN 171 in 65.2 overs (Naved Sarwar 42, Usman Salahuddin 33, Rameez Raja 21, Naved Yasin 20; Mir Hamza 4-58, Sameen Gul 2-40).
At National Stadium, Karachi (day-night fixture): HABIB BANK LIMITED 151 in 42.4 overs (Fahim Ashraf 63, Abdur Rehman 21; Ahmed Bashir 6-35, Mohammad Abbas 2-48, Sadaf Hussain 2-51) and 148-3 in 56.4 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 86, Fakhar Zaman 49); KHAN RESEARCH LABORATORIES 157 in 51.4 overs (Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 42, Sardar Hasan Raza 38, Saeed Anwar Jr 20; Fahim Ashraf 6-65).
courtesy: dawn news