KARACHI - Habib Bank Limited (HBL) were on the verge of a stunning come-from-behind win in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after conceding a first-innings lead against Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) at the National Stadium in Karachi.

HBL, who recovered from 21-6 in the first innings to post 236, made Wapda toil for 122.5 overs in the second innings. Their top three made centuries in the team's 485 for one declared. Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, top scored with 200 not out, while Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad made 170 and 104 not out respectively.

Set an improbable target of 444, Wapda ended the penultimate day on 83 for 2, with Salman Butt (38) and M Saad (20) at the crease. Usman Khan, the left-arm seamer, picked up both wickets to fall.

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Having eclipsed Asadullah Butt and Mujahit Jamshed's 16-year record for the highest opening stand (252) for HBL, Imam and Zaman, who resumed on 264 without loss, added 39 more before Zulfiaqar Babar struck, when he had Zaman hole out to the deep. Shehzad, then made a mark, hitting five fours in his 137-ball 104 before Abdur Rehman declared.


WAPDA 278 and 83-2 (Butt 38*) need 361 more to beat HBL 236 and 485-1d (Imam-ul-Haq 200, Fakhar Zaman 170, Shehzad 104*).