ISLAMABAD: Kamran Akmal's 12th first class century set up National Bank of Pakistan's (NBP) nine-wicket win over Port Qasim Authority (PQA) in a President's Cup One-day Cricket Tournament match in Sialkot on Friday. Chasing 175, Akmal's 81-ball 116 guided National Bank's reply after they lost opener Nasir Jamshed in the fourth over. Akmal's century had 20 fours and a six and his 144-run stand with Mohammad Nawaz ensured National Bank reached the target in the 24th over. Earlier, the National Bank bowlers, led by offspinner Adnan Rasool, struck regularly to restrict Port Qasim to 174. The Port Qasim batsmen, including Umar Amin and Daniyal Ahsan got starts but could not score more than 36 and 44 respectively.
KRL down ZTBL by 7 wickets: Fifties from Zulfiqar Jan and Usman Salahuddin helped Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) complete a seven-wicket win over Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL). Chasing 204, the pair were involved in a 94-run stand to put KRL on the road to victory. Zulfiqar was out for 68 off 90 balls with nine fours, while Salahuddin remained unbeaten on 65 off 79 balls, hitting six fours. Earlier, ZTBL, who were struggling at 5 for 2 in the third over, posted a score of 203 for 9 thanks to contributions from the middle and lower-order, including Haris Sohail (24) and Sohail Tanvir (49). Pacers Sadaf Hussain and Umaid Asif were the most successful for KRL, picking up three wickets each.
SNGPL down Habib Bank by 16 runs: Habib Bank Limited (HBL) fell short by 16 runs in their match against Sui Northern Gas and Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) in Lahore. Chasing 267, Habib Bank were anchored by Bilal Shafayat's 94-ball 73 and a 53-run, seventh-wicket stand between Jamal Anwar and Humayun Farhat. However, once the batsmen departed, the Habib Bank tail-enders found the going tough and eventually finished at 250 for 8. Earlier, a half-century from Taufeeq Umar and handy knocks from Ali Waqas, Khurram Shehzad and Mohammad Rizwan helped SNGPL reach 266 for 7. Umar and Shehzad were involved in a 104-run fourth-wicket stand, before a quick 47-run, partnership between Imran Khalid and Rizwan propelled the score past 250.
PIA down WAPDA by 4 wickets: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) sneaked a four-wicket victory over Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in Faisalabad. The seventh-wicket pair of Sarfraz Ahmed and Anwar Ali ensured a PIA win by chasing down the target of 218 with four balls to spare. Sarfraz and Anwar ensured that the 121-run, second-wicket partnership between Kamran Sajid and Fahad Iqbal was not in vain, after a few quick wickets in the middle overs had made the chase shaky. Sajid scored 60 off 88 balls, while Fahad fell four runs short of his maiden List A hundred, scoring 96 off 111 balls. Earlier, fifties from the No.8 and No. 9 batsmen – Saadullah Zafar and Zulfiqar Babar – ensured that WAPDA posted a competitive 217 for 8 after their top and middle order had slumped to 81 for 6. Both batsmen struck their maiden first class fifties. Saadullah scored 50 off 76 balls; while Babar's unbeaten 52 came off 39 balls with five fours and a six.
PTV down UBL by 7 runs: Pacer Kaleem Sana’s maiden firs class four wickets for 16 restricted United Bank Limited (UBL) to 182, giving Pakistan Television (PTV) a narrow, seven-run win, their first in the tournament. Chasing a middling 190, United Bank were struggling at 17 for 4 before contributions from Saeed Bin Nasir, Mohammad Zohaib, Asif Raza and Mohammad Irshad brought the team closer to the target. United Bank lost wickets in a cluster again, however, and were dismissed for 182. Earlier, PTV opener Mohammad Naeem's 122-ball 85 was the only bright spot for the side that struggled after being put in to bat. Only three batsmen other than Naeem crossed double figures, although PTV were boosted by the 25 extras conceded by the United Bank bowlers, reaching a score of 189 for 9. With figures of 3 for 35, Adil Raza was the most successful bowler for United Bank, while Asif Raza and Kashif Bhatti took two wickets each.
1: At Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, Port Qasim Authority 174 in 41.3 overs (Umar Amin 36, Kamran Younis 22, Danyal Ahsan 44. Wahab Riaz 2-40, Hammad Azam 2-20, Adnan Rasool 3-31) VS National Bank of Pakistan 175-1 in 23.1 overs (Kamran Akmal 116*, 81 balls, 20x4s, 1x6s, Mohammad Nawaz 39*, 45 balls, 4x4s)
Result: National Bank of Pakistan won by nine wickets
Toss: National Bank of Pakistan
2: At KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi, ZTBL 203-9 in 45 overs (Shahid Yousuf 39, Zohaib khan 31, Sohail Tanvir 49, Shakeel Ansar 22*, Sadaf Hussain 3-33, Umaid Asif 3-48, Nayyar Abbas 2-38) VS KRL 204-3 in 36.4 overs (Shoaib Ahmed Minhas 21, Zulfiqar Jan 68, 90 balls, 9x4s, Usman Salahuddin 65, 79 balls, 6x4s)
Result: KRL won by seven wickets
3: At Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, SNGPL 266-9 in 45 overs (Taufiq Umar 85, 96 balls, 8x4s, Ali Waqas 33, Umar Akmal 20, Khurram Shahzad 48, Mohammad Rizwan 33, Imran Khalid 23, Ehsan Adil 2-42, Asad Baig 2-38, Sarmad Anwar 4-42) VS Habib Bank Limited 250-8 in 45 overs (Bilal Shafayat 73, 94 balls, 7x4s, 1x6s, Imran Farhat 35, Jamal Anwar 36, Humayun Farhat 39, Khurram Shahzad 3-50, Yasir Shah 2-48)
Result: SNGPL won by 16 runs
Toss: Habib Bank Limited
4: At Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, WAPDA 217-8 in 45 overs (Saad Zafar 50, 72 balls, 3x4s, 1x6s, Zulfiqar Baber 52*, 39 balls, 5x4s, 1x6s, Aamer Sajjad 34, Anwar Ali 3-56., Kamran Sajid 2-36, Najaf Shah 2-35) VS PIA 218-6 in 44.2 overs (Fahad Iqbal 96, 111 balls, Kamran Sajid 60, 80 balls, 7x4s, Mohammad Mohsin 2-39)
Result: PIA won by four wickets
5: At Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad, PTV 189-9 in 45 overs (Mohammad Naeem 85, 122 balls, 9x4s, Mohammad Sami 20, Adil Raza 3-35, Asif Raza 2-39, Kashif Bhatti 2-38) VS United Bank Limited 182 in 40 overs (Saeed Bin Nasir 47, Mohammad Zohaib 35, Asif Raza 27, Mohammad Irshad 38, Kaleem Sana 4-16, Samiullah 2-32)
Result: PTV won by seven runs
Toss: United Bank Limited
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