LAHORE - Umar Gul-led Habib Bank Limited (HBL) routed Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) by 62 runs in the final to clinch the Quaid-e-Azam One-Day Cup here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.

Wapda won the toss and invited HBL to bat first. The entire top order batted brilliantly and contributed significant runs to help HBL post a decent total of 291-7 in 50 overs. The main contribution for HBL team came from No 7 batsman Zohaib Khan, who hammered unbeaten 68 off just 57 balls hitting 8 boundaries and 2 cracking sixes. The other main run-scorers from HBL were Rameez Aziz (55), Umar Akmal (49) and Imran Farhat (40), who punished Wapda bowlers severely and kept the scores ticking over.

No bowling brilliance was seen from Wapda’s internationally-capped pacers, who remained very expensive with Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan conceding 71 and 59 runs in their allotted quota respectively. Only Arshad Iqbal bowled some good spells to bag 2 wickets for 48 runs in 6 overs.

Salman Butt-led Wapda lost quick wicket of Kamran Akmal at just 15. But superb second-wicket partnership of 98 runs between Rafatullah Mohmand and skipper Salman Butt helped Wapda overcome the early loss of Kamran. Both the batsmen scored half-centuries with Rafatullah hitting 57-ball 51 with the help of 8 fours and Salman Butt playing 80 balls to gather 56 with 6 boundaries.

After that, no significant innings was witnessed from Wapda as they kept on losing their wickets on regular intervals, thus were restricted to 229-10 in 44.4 overs. Only Muhammad Akhlaq (30), Ayaz Tasawwar (20), Zahid Mansoor (21), Khalid Usman (11) and Zulfiqar Babar (12) could cross the double figures. Ammad Butt was wrecker-in-chief of Wapda batting line up as he grabbed 3 wickets for 49 while his teammates Khurram Shahzad and Agha Salman bagged 2 wickets each for 45 and 48 runs respectively. All-rounder Zohaib Khan and captain Umar Gul got one wicket each for 24 and 32 runs respectively.

Zameer Haider and Ahmed Shahab officiated the final as field umpires while Qaiser Waheed acted as TV umpire, Khalid Niazi referee and Najamus Saeed as scorer. HBL and Wapda had each finished third in their respective groups en route to the quarter-finals, but beat higher-ranked KRL and PTV to advance to the final.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani graced the final as chief guest and gave away winning trophy and a cash award of Rs 1 million to HBL captain Umer Gul and handed over runners-up trophy and a cash award of Rs 0.5 million to Wapda captain Salman Butt.

Zohaib Khan of Habib Bank Limited was declared man of the final while Salman Butt of Wapda (559 runs) was named the best batsman of the tournament, Mohammad Irfan Junior of PTV (20 wickets) the best bowler and Waqar Hussain of Multan Region (16 catches and one stumping) the best wicketkeeper with all earning Rs 100,000 each.

 

 

 

 

Scorecard

HBL:

Imam-ul-Haq run out............................................... 21

Jamal Anwar c Khalid b Arshad Iqbal................ 20

Imran Farhat c Butt b Khalid Usman.................. 40

Umar Akmal c & b Zulfiqar Babar....................... 49

Rameez Aziz c Zahid Mansoor b M Irfan.......... 55

Agha Salman c Babar b Wahab Riaz................... 6

Zohaib Khan not out................................................ 68

Amad Butt b Arshad Iqbal..................................... 16

Abdur Rehman not out............................................. 1

EXTRAS: (lb 5, nb 6, w 4)....................................... 15

TOTAL: (7 wkts, 50 overs).................................. 291

FOW: 1-34, 2-76, 3-106, 4-146, 5-169, 6-228, 7-284.

BOWLING: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-59-1, Arshad Iqbal 6-0-48-2, Zahid Mansoor 7-0-38-0, Wahab Riaz 10-0-71-1, Khalid Usman 7-0-41-1, Zulfiqar Babar 10-1-29-1.

WAPDA:

Kamran Akmal c Jamal b K Shehzad................... 8

Rafatullah c Amad b Agha Salman.................... 51

Salman Butt c Rehman b Agha Salman............ 56

M Akhlaq b Umar Gul............................................. 30

Ayaz Tasawwar c Amad b Zohaib Khan.......... 20

Zahid Mansoor lbw b Khurram Shehzad.......... 21

Wahab Riaz c Jamal b Amad Butt...................... 11

Khalid Usman b Amad Butt..................................... 4

Zulfiqar Babar c Rameez Aziz b Amad.............. 12

Arshad Iqbal run out.................................................. 4

Mohammad Irfan not out......................................... 2

EXTRAS: (lb 6, w 4).................................................. 10

TOTAL: (all out, 44.4 overs)................................ 229

FOW: 1-15, 2-113, 3-129, 4-162, 5-177, 6-207, 7-211, 8-213, 9-219, 10-229.

BOWLING: Umar Gul 7-0-32-1, Khurram Shehzad 8-0-45-2, Agha Salman 10-0-48-2, Amad Butt 8.4-0-49-3, Abdur Rehman 7-0-25-0, Zohaib Khan 4-0-24-1.

TOSS: WAPDA

UMPIRES: Ahmed Shahab, Zameer Haider

TV UMPIRES: Qaiser Waheed

RESERVE UMPIRE: Ghaffar Kazmi

MATCH REFEREE: Khalid Niazi