LAHORE - Kamran Akmal’s 12th List A hundred set up National Bank of Pakistan’s nine-wicket win over Port Qasim Authority in a President’s Cup One Day tournament game in Sialkot.
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.
Fifties from Zulfiqar Jan and Usman Salahuddin helped Khan Research Laboratories complete a seven-wicket win over Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited. 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.