LAHORE - Younus Khan-led United Bank Limited (UBL) clinched the PCB Departments One-Day Cup after overwhelming Wapda by 6 wickets in the final played at UBL Ground No 1, Karachi on Sunday.

The collective efforts and team work helped UBL lift the trophy. They remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and in the end, they emerged as title triumphant. Other finalists Wpada lost two of their matches before reaching the final as first they were routed by SNGPL by 7 wickets and then they were handed 8-wicket thrashing by UBL.

UBL replied strongly while chasing an easy target of 219 runs on the batting (paradise) pitch, and reached home safely losing just four wickets in 43 overs. Shan Masood and Umar Siddiq provided a good start to UBL and added 40 runs for the first-wicket partnership. Zahid Mansoor took the first wicket of Umar, who was playing at 16. In the very next over, UBL lost another wicket and this time, it was Umar Akmal, who was sent packing by Khalid Usman at his personal score of just 1 run.

After that, Sohaib Maqsood joined outstanding opener Shan Masood and both then contributed significant 94 for the third-wicket stand. Shan was then removed by Khalid Usman. He hammered swashbuckling 59 by hitting 5 fours. Saad Ali then came to the crease and the duo added just 20 runs. Sohaib became the third victim of Khalid. He slammed 71-ball 63 with the help of 6 fours and 1 six. Captain Younus Khan then took the responsibility and he, along with Saad Ali, landed their team home safely. Saad smashed unbeaten 42 off 43 balls, hitting 5 fours and 1 six while skipper Younus thwarted unbeaten 33 off 36 studded with 5 fours. Khalid Usman bowled brilliantly and bagged 3-42 while Zahid Mansoor took 1-33 but their efforts proved futile for their team, which lost the final.

Earlier put into bat first, Wapda batsmen, especially openers and middle order, failed to deliver as at one stage, they were struggling at 113-7 in 32nd over but Wahab Riaz and Khalid Usman then displayed superb batting skills and contributed significant 90 runs for the eighth–wicket partnership, which helped Wapda pile up a decent total of 281-10 in 48.3 overs.

Wahab played 45 balls and smashed 6 fours and 2 sixes to score a fabulous fifty (53) while his partner Khalid Usman, who also bowled brilliantly, gathered 46 off 60 balls, hitting 4 fours. Earlier, only Bismillah Khan could resist UBL bowlers and succeeded in scoring 43-ball 43 studded with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Wapda’s in-form players and top performers Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt failed to deliver for their team in the final.

Hammad Azam was pick of UBL bowlers as he grabbed 3-35 while M Asghar and Mir Hamza bagged two wickets each. Asif Yaqoob and Khalid Mehmood Senior officiated the final as field umpires while Ahmed Shahab was TV umpire, Iftikhar Ahmed referee and Syed Imran Ali official scorer.

Pakistan cricket team chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, PCB Domestic Cricket Operations General Manager Shafiq Papa and PCB Governing Board member Mansoor Masood Khan graced the concluding ceremony and gave away trophies and prizes to the winners and top performers of the tournament.

UBL captain Younus Khan received winning trophy and Rs 1 million cheque while Wapda captain Salman Butt got runners-up trophy and Rs 500,000. Hammad Azam of UBL was named man of the final, Shan Masood of UBL the best batsman (632 runs), Sadaf Hussain of KRL the best bowler (18 wickets) and Kamran Akmal of Wapda outstanding player (532 runs, 12 dismissals) and all received Rs 100,000 each from the chief guests.

SUMMARIZED SCORES:

WAPDA: 218-10 in 48.3 overs (Wahab Riaz 53, 45 balls, 6x4s, 2x6s, Khalid Usman 46, 60 balls, 4x4s, Bismillah Khan 43, 43 balls, 5x4s, 2x6s, Zahid Mansoor 20, 35 balls, 1x4, 1x6, Hammad Azam 3-35, Muhammad Asghar 2-44, Mir Hamza 2-49)

UBL: 220-4 in 43 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 63, 71 balls, 6x4s, 1x6, Shan Masood 59, 89 balls, 5x4s, Saad Ali 42*, 43 balls, 5x4s, 1x6, Younis Khan 33*, 36 balls, 5x4s, Khalid Usman 3-42, Zahid Mansoor 1-33).