Rawalpindi rout Lahore Whites in Quaid Trophy match [The Nation] 09 Nov, 2016

LAHORE - Rawalpindi Region outclassed Lahore Whites by eight wickets to register their first victory in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016-17 here at the LCCA ground on Tuesday.With this tremendous triumph in the sixth round match, Rawalpindi earned valuable 15 points and now they have to beat Fata at their home ground to be in the list of possible last four in the prestigious event.Lahore Whites resumed their second innings at 71-3 and were bundled out for paltry 141 to set a meager 34 runs target for Rawalpindi, who easily chased it in just 9th over for the loss of two wickets. Nazar Hussain proved too hot for Lahore batting line up as he clinched 6-50 in the Lahore Whites' second innings. Nazar stole the show with his outstanding bowling performance by claiming total 8 wickets. Kashif Bhatti bagged 3-12.Lahore Whites scored 190 in their first innings while Rawalpindi replied strongly and piled up 298 run on the board. This was third loss for Lahore Whites, who have just 9 points. Riazuddin and Shamim Ansari officiated the match as umpires while M Anees was referee and Waqar Ahmed scorer.Talking to this scribe after winning the match against Lahore Whites, Rawalpindi head coach Sabih Azhar said: “Thanks to Almighty, we won an important match and registered our first victory. It was a team work, as each and every player of the team contributed well in the team’s triumph. Nazar Hussain and Kashif Bhatti were the real heroes of the match as their all-round performances turned the tables and provided our team a well-deserving victory. Abid Hussain also bowled brilliantly in the first innings due to which we managed to restrict Lahore Whites cheaply.”“Now our next target is to qualify for the last four. Karachi and Fata are on the top of the table with 18 points, and with this victory, we are on third with 15 points. Now we are aiming at beating Fata at our home ground to get into contention of qualifying for the last four,” he added.SUMMARISED SCORES:LAHORE REGION WHITES (1ST INNINGS): 190 in 85.2 overs (Asif Raza 46, 3x4s, 1x6, 147 balls, Anas Mehmood 36, 4x4s, 94 balls, Qaiser Ashraf 30, 5x4s, 75 balls, Gohar Hafeez 27, 2x4s, 102 balls, Adnan Rasool 24, 3x4s, 36 balls, Abid Hussain 5-53, Nazar Hussain 2-39, Attaullah 2-47)(2ND INNINGS): 141 in 71.4 overs (Gohar Hafeez 28, 4x4s, 57 balls, Ali Azmat 24, 1x4, 109 balls, Rameez Alam 22, 4x4s, 61 balls, Rizwan Hussain 20, 3x4s, 61 balls, Nazar Hussain 6-50, Kashif Bhatti 3-12)RAWALPINDI REGION (1ST INNINGS): 298 in 108.5 overs (Kashif Bhatti 128*, 16x4s, 1x6, 270 balls, Nazar Hussain 43, 4x4s, 153 balls, Yasir Hameed 38, 6x4s, 1x6, 48 balls, Zeeshan Malik 36, 6x4s, 72 balls, Asif Raza 6-57, Qaiser Ashraf 2-63)(2ND INNINGS): 34-2 in 8.5 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 17*, 3x4s, 27 balls, Umaid Asif 2-11).

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