KARACHI, Dec 11: Opener Imran Farhat smashed a career-best 242 and skipper Hasan Raza blasted 178 as Habib Bank piled up a mammoth 663 for eight in their first innings against PIA on the second day of the Patron’s Trophy Grade-I cricket championship tie at UBL Sports Complex on Sunday.
Imran added exactly 100 runs to his overnight score of 142 before he was caught at mid-off by Ghulam Ali off Test paceman Umar Gul. The left-hander batted for 563 minutes, faced 402 balls and struck 25 fours and one six.
Hasan, who was involved in a third-wicket partnership of 361 in six hours and 25 minutes, was trapped leg before by medium-pacer Kamran Sajid just after tea for 178. He faced 303 deliveries in his 411-minute vigil at the crease and hit 15 fours and two sixes.
Humayun, former Test wicket-keeper and Imran’s older brother, weighed in with a robust 71 off 66 balls with the aid of six boundaries.
HABIB BANK (1st Innings, overnight 285-2):
Imran Farhat c Ghulam Ali b Umar 242
Taufiq Umar c A. Zeeshan b Umar 63
Rafatullah Mohmand c Asif b Imran 3
Hasan Raza lbw b Kamran 178
Farhan Adil b Kamran 16
Kamran Hussain c sub b Asif 14
Abdul Rahman c Bazid b Asif 2
Humayun Farhat c and b Bazid 71
Junaid Zia not out 32
Sajid Shah not out 2
EXTRAS (B-10, LB-16, W-1, NB-13) 40
TOTAL (for eight wkts, 166 overs) 663
FALL OF WKTS: 1-144, 2-148, 3-509, 4-529, 5-540, 6-573, 7-583, 8-657.
BOWLING (to-date): Fazle Akbar 21-2-90-0; Umar Gul 29-6-97-2; Najaf Shah 36-2-130-0; Imran Tahir 31-3-109-1; Asif Mujtaba 24-0-96-2; Kamran Sajid 20-0-91-2; Ghulam Ali 3-0-17-0; Bazid Khan 2-0-7-1.—APP