LAHORE - Misbah-ul-Haq with a brilliant knock of unbeaten 78 saved Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) against Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) in Grade-I Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2012-13 final played at the National Stadium Karachi on Monday.

SNGPL had scored 189 for four at stumps on the opening day with Misbah-ul-Haq 78 not out and Ali Waqas unbeaten 32 were at the crease. They added 68 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket partnership.

Earlier, HBL skipper won the toss and opted to bowl first and his decision paid off. The bankers bowlers sent three top order batsmen of SNGPL back to pavilion at the score of 49 runs. But the fourth wicket partnership of 70 runs between Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq steadied the Sui Gas innings before Azhar got out when his personal contribution was 32 runs, caught by Shan Masood off Ehsan Adil Taufeeq Umar and Umar Akmal scored 16 runs each. Umar Gul, Fahad, Ehsan Adil and Abdul Rehmantook one wicket each.