KARACHI, Nov 5: Karachi outfits Zebras and Dolphins along with Rawalpindi Rams continued their winning run in the National One-day Cup on Tuesday.
Karachi Zebras cruised to an easy six-wicket victory against a listless Bahawalpur Stags here at the National Stadium with spin trio of Osama Basharat, Faraz Ahmed Khan and skipper Haris Ayaz doing most of the damage.
After being put into bat, the Stags lost two wickets in quick successions to paceman Waqar Anwar before Hammad Tariq (47 off 81 balls, four fours and one six) and Mohammad Wasim (30 off 53 balls, three boundaries) staged some fight.
But once the spinners came on, their innings just fell away. Osama grabbed three wickets for 29 while fellow left-armer Faraz took two. Haris claimed a brace with his off-spinners.
Javed Mansoor then struck an unbeaten 45 from 65 balls and Ashraf Ali hit 32 as the Zebras won with 109 balls to spare.
Rawalpindi Rams rode on Awais Zia’s 88-ball knock of 114 (15 fours and two sixes) to whip Abbottabad Falcons by seven wickets at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
Peshawar Panthers, inspired by Adil Amin’s undefeated 116 (85 balls, 17 boundaries and two sixes), trounced Sialkot Stallions by 168 runs at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot.
In Group-II matches, Karachi Dolphins tamed Islamabad Leopards by 66 runs at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad; Lahore Lions overwhelmed Faisalabad Wolves by 85 runs at the LCCA Ground in Lahore, while Multan Tigers sealed a low-scoring battle against Quetta Bears by six wickets at the Multan Cricket Ground.
Dolphins, asked to bat first, posted 263-4 with young Saad Ali striking an unbeaten 91 from 77 deliveries with the aid of 12 fours and one six.
The Leopards got off to a disastrous start when they their top four batsmen for 20 runs before captain Imad Wasim (71 off 87 balls, 11 fours and one six) and Hamza Nadeem (53 off 36, six fours and two sixes) added respectability to their total of 197.
Left-arm fast bowler Mir Hamza snared four wickets for 33 runs while his new-ball partner Babar Rehman chipped in with three for 21. Off-spinner Junaid Khan took two for 21 in a tidy spell of 7.1 overs.
Results on Tuesday:
At National Stadium, Karachi: Karachi Zebras beat Bahawalpur Stags by six wickets.
BAHAWALPUR STAGS 131 in 41.1 overs (Hammad Tariq 47, Mohammad Wasim 30; Osama Basharat 3-29, Faraz Ahmed Khan 2-22, Haris Ayaz 2-23, Waqar Anwar 2-27); KARACHI ZEBRAS 132-4 in 26.5 overs (Javed Mansoor 45 not out, Ashraf Ali 32; Afraseem Rehman 2-41).
At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: Peshawar Panthers beat Sialkot Stallions by 168 runs.
PESHAWAR PANTHERS 324-2 in 45 overs (Adil Amin 116 not out, Izharullah 89, Jamaluddin 61 not out, Iftikhar Ahmed 46); SIALKOT STALLIONS 156 in 39.2 overs (Zeeshan Butt 28, Faisal Khan 27, Bilal Asif 25, Mohammad Aamir 25, Salman Ali 20; Azam Khan 4-36, Mohammad Adnan 2-30).
At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Rams beat Abbottabad Falcons by seven wickets.
ABBOTTABAD FALCONS 267-8 in 45 overs (Waqar Orakzai 73, Rameez Ahmed 36, Khalilullah 34, Mohammad Naeem 27, Hammad Ali 22; Mujahid Amin 2-56); RAWALPINDI RAMS 270-3 in 38.1 overs (Awais Zia 114, Naved Malik 55, Shoaib Nasir 43, Babar Naeem 33 not out).
At Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan: Multan Tigers beat Quetta Bears by six wickets.
QUETTA BEARS 119 in 37.4 overs (Shahbaz Khan 30; Sadaf Mehdi 4-31, Haziq Habibullah 2-26); MULTAN TIGERS 120-4 in 28 overs (Kashif Naved 40 not out, Ahmed Rasheed 28 not out; Faizullah 2-28, Gohar Faiz 2-42).
At LCCA Ground, Lahore: Lahore Lions beat Faisalabad Wolves by 85 runs.
LAHORE LIONS 248-9 in 45 overs (Salman Ali 75 not out, Umar Siddique 52, Imran Butt 39, Aslam Bajwa 28; Naseer Akram 3-40, Fahim Ashraf 2-49); FAISALABAD WOLVES 163 in 38.4 overs (Salman Ali 43, Zeeshan Asif 31, Hasan Mahmood 30; Mustafa Iqbal 3-27, Mohammad Irfan 2-30, Waqar Ahmed 2-33).
At Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad: Karachi Dolphins beat Islamabad Leopards by 66 runs.
KARACHI DOLPHINS 264-4 in 45 overs (Saad Ali 91 not out, Asif Zakir 59, Mohammad Hasan 33, Babar Rehman 26; Junaid Nadir 2-29); ISLAMABAD LEOPARDS 197 in 40.1 overs (Imad Wasim 71, Hamza Nadeem 53; Mir Hamza 4-33, Babar Rehman 3-55, Junaid Ilyas 2-21).