HBL hold nerves in a thrilling win over PTV
HBL: Umar Gul (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Jamal Anwar (wk), Umar Akmal, Imran Farhat, Agha Salman, Ramiz Aziz, Zohaib Khan, Ammad Butt, Abdul Rehman, Khurram Shahzad
PTV: Hassan Mohsin (c), Nihal Mansoor, Ali Imran, Taimur Khan (wk), Muhammad Waqas, Ali Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Muhammad Irfan, Raza Hasan, Tabish Khan, Azharullah
It was second semi-final of Quaid-e-Azam One-Day Cup 2018/19
Jamal Anwar and Imam-ul -Haq off to a solid start, and both of them put 148 on for the first wicket. Imam was playing his first game since he got injured in the Test match against Australia. The opener scored 85 off 91 balls, while Jamal got run-out after making 88. Umar Akmal played an aggressive but short innings of 39 off just 24 balls before becoming victim to Muhammad Irfan. Imran Farhat made 24 while Agha Salman and Ramiz Aziz failed to reach double figures. In the later stages, Zohaib Khan used the long handle and scored a quick 37* in just 20 balls with two fours and two sixes. HBL collected 321 runs at cost of 8 wickets in 50 overs.
Target was not easy for PTV’s inexperienced batting line but opener Ali Imran thrashed HBL bowlers all over the ground. He and Nihal Mansoor (36) gave 130 runs start in just 18 overs. Zohaib Khan cleaned up Taimur for a duck and then Ali Imran lost his wicket to Agha Salman after scoring a brilliant 102. PTV slipped to 155 for three after a good start, and at that point centurions of previous game Muhammad Waqas (43) and Captain Hassan Mohsin (23) accumulated 51 for the 4th wicket. In the 34th over, Khurram Shahzad came back and got rid of both batsmen. Veteran Abdul Razzaq (24) smashed four boundaries but got out with the score on 244. On the other end, Ali Khan played an important innings of 41 with two fours and three sixes, but lost his wicket in the 48th over when PTV required 22 runs in 17 balls. In the last over with 10 needed, PTV’s last man Azharullah got run out on the fourth ball, ensuring HBL won that thrilling contest by 7 runs.
How the pitch played
It was a true batting track, where both teams scored more than 300 runs.
Performer of the match
Ali Imran – PTV’s 20 year-old opener scored an aggressive century in just 61 balls while chasing a big target of 322. He smashed 14 fours and 3 sixes in his magnificent innings against HBL’s experience bowling line.