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Abdul Ameer’s all-round show led the second-placed Habib Bank Limited (HBL) to their fifth victory of the season when they defeated Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) by 65 runs on the fourth and final day of their sixth round game of the President’s Trophy Grade-I at the KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

Ameer, 20 years old, blasted quick-fire 43 off 49 balls with five fours and two sixes to help Habib Bank give a 308-run winning target to KRL.

Then the left-arm pacer, playing only his second game of the season, produced his career-best figures of 7-66 in 19 overs to enable Habib Bank to dismiss KRL for 242 in their second innings.

Karachi-born Ameer was fully supported by paceman Ehsan Adil who took three wickets, ending with nine in the match and surpassing WAPDA’s left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar (40) with 41 wickets so far.

For KRL, the number three batsman Shoaib Ahmed top-scored with a solid 60 off 106 balls that included ten fours and a six. The right-hander Shoaib put on 119 runs for the third wicket with Test cricketer Bazid Khan who belted 54 off 63 balls, cracking 11 boundaries.

But after their departure, KRL’s batting collapsed. At one stage they were reeling at 151-8.

However, tail-enders Nouman Ali (51) and Mohammad Irfan (31) offered some resistance, putting on 91 runs for the ninth wicket.

Nouman’s 42-ball quick innings was studded with seven fours and two sixes, while Irfan cracked two sixes and two fours.

Earlier, after conceding a 92-run lead, Habib Bank had started the day at 350-8 and declared their second innings at 399 without losing any further wicket.

Asad Shafiq, who was batting on 68, remained unbeaten on 80. He made 73 runs for the ninth wicket with Abdul Ameer. Asad clobbered 10 fours in his 164-ball knock.

Nouman Ali grabbed three wickets, while Ali Khan and Saeed Anwar Junior got two apiece. Ali ended with six scalps in the show.

Habib Bank had scored 161 in their first innings, while in response KRL had posted 253.

The win took Habib Bank to 39 points from six meetings, six points short of leaders SNGPL.

KRL are at the fourth place with 21 points from six games.

At the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) recorded their fourth triumph, beating Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) by four wickets to move to 33 points at the third spot.

PIA, who were chasing 192, resumed their second innings at 104-4 and raced to the target in 40 overs after losing two more wickets.

Test-discard Faisal Iqbal, who was batting on 22, played a fiery innings of 44 off just 21 balls.

The right-hander, who missed a few games in the middle due to an injury after starting the season with a splendid hundred, cracked six fours and two sixes.

He dominated a 64-run fifth wicket stand with former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik who belted 25-ball 27 with five boundaries.

The remaining job was done by Faisal’s younger brother, Fahad Iqbal, who smashed 38 not out off 52 balls with six hits to the fence.

Test pacer Mohammad Khalil was the top performer for ZTBL who took four to end with nine wickets in the match. Sohail Tanvir grabbed two, finishing with five wickets.

ZTBL had scored 212 and 131, while PIA had made 152 in their first innings.

The loss left ZTBL trailing at the eighth place with nine points. They have been put out of the title contention.

Port Qasim Authority made a strong comeback to defeat WAPDA by 17 runs, their first win of the season, after a sensational fight at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

WAPDA, who needed 118, perished for 100 in their second innings in 39.2 overs after resuming at 21-2.

Test pacer Tanvir Ahmed and left-arm spinner Azam Hussain did the damage as the duo grabbed four wickets each. Tanvir had six victims in the match and Azam eight. Tanvir has so far got 30 wickets.

Sohaib Maqsood and skipper Aamir Sajjad scored 20 runs each for WAPDA, who tasted their third defeat and are now struggling at 12 points. Port Qasim opened their account with six points. Port Qasim Authority had staged 215 and 271, while WAPDA had scored 271 in their first innings.

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