KARACHI: International all-rounder Anwar Ali and left-arm young pacer Zia-ul-Haq bowled well to enable Karachi Whites to go to the summit when they crafted their third win, overwhelming FATA by ten wickets in their fourth round fixture of the National One-day Cup for Regions at the National Ground, Islamabad, on Wednesday.
Anwar (3-22) and Zia (3-17) ripped through the tribesmen’s batting line-up, folding them for only 120 in 34 overs after Asad Shafiq had invited them to bat first.
Test discard Rahat Ali (2-34) also bowled well.Sohail Akhtar scored 39-ball 24 for FATA, hitting two sixes. Mohammad Irfan made 22-ball 19 with two fours. Skipper Fawad Khan, who opened the innings, belted a quick-fire 12-ball 18 with one four and two sixes.
In response, Test cricketer Khurram Manzoor (61*) and left-hander Danish Aziz (60*) hit fine unbeaten fifties to help Karachi Whites reach the target in 31.1 overs without losing a wicket.Khurram banged eight fours and one six from 96 balls. Danish smacked nine fours and one six from 91 balls. This was the third loss for FATA.
At the Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi, international Umar Amin shined with both bat and ball to catapult Rawalpindi to their third victory, ousting Lahore Whites by eight wickets. After being invited to bat first, Lahore Whites were bowled out for 190 in 48.1 overs.Mohammad Mohsin hit 33-ball 37 which was laced with three sixes and two fours.
International opener Imam-ul-Haq struck 48-ball 30 with six boundaries. Rizwan Ahmed and Umaid Asif made 24 each.Medium pacers Yasir Ali (3-22) and Umar Amin (3-31) did the main damage.
Umar then blasted 84 not out to enable Rawalpindi to chase the target in 35.1 overs after losing two wickets.Left-handed Umar, who hit 14 fours from 100 balls, put on 150 for the third wicket unfinished stand with Test cricketer Iftikhar Ahmed, who chipped in with unbeaten 59. The Peshawar-born right-hander smashed seven fours from 64 deliveries. Left-arm medium pacer Mohammad Aftab got 1-14. This was the second defeat for Lahore Whites in the eight-team event.
Peshawar recorded their third victory when they defeated Faisalabad by four wickets at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar. After being invited to bat first, Faisalabad were folded for 248 in the allotted 50 overs. Opener Abdul Samad scored 84-ball 62 which featured five fours. He added 74 runs for the second wicket with Asif Ali who made 24. Raees Ahmed (51) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (44) also played solid knocks.
Raees smashed four fours and one six from 44 balls. The former Pakistan captain struck five fours in his 59-ball effort. Test pacer Imran Khan Senior got 3-38. Israrullah captured 2-49 with his left-arm spinners.
In response, in-form Sahibzada Farhan scored 72 to help Peshawar achieve the target with five balls to spare after losing six wickets.Charsadda-born Farhan, who hit nine fours from 107 balls, put on 54 for the opening stand with Israrullah who struck 35-ball 33 with five fours.
Farhan then shared 80 for the third wicket with skipper Mohammad Rizwan, who belted 72-ball 49 with two fours. Adil Amin made 46-ball 53 not out which included four fours and one six.
Medium pacer Asad Raza claimed 2-61. At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad, Lahore Blues romped to their second triumph when they outclassed Islamabad by seven wickets thanks to a splendid unbeaten hundred from talented young batsman Mohammad Saad.
The right-handed Saad, who had also hit three centuries in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, hammered unbeaten 100 off 121 balls to help Lahore Blues achieve the 255-run target with six balls to spare after losing three wickets.
Saad, who hit seven fours and one six, shared 73 for the third wicket with Raza Ali Dar, who hit 48-ball 37 with four fours. Saad then put on 86 for the fourth wicket unbroken association with Hafiz Saad Nasim, who chipped in with 40-ball 37 with three hits to the fence.
Opener Waqas Saleem belted 78-ball 62 with six fours and two sixes. Shehzad Azam Rana and spinner Nouman Ali got one wicket each.
Earlier, skipper Shan Masood hammered unbeaten 128 to guide Islamabad to 254-5. The left-handed Test opener shared 76 for the second wicket with Faizan Riaz, who made 75-ball 43 with three fours. Shan then put on 80 for the third wicket with Shahid Yousuf, who chipped in with 37-ball 44 which carried four fours and one six. Test discard Aizaz Cheema got 2-58.
The fifth round will be held on Friday (tomorrow).