LAHORE - NWFP bowlers Nauman Habib and Shakeel-ur-Rehman rattled Punjab batting on the opening day of the fifth round match of the RBS Pentangular Cup here at the Gadaffi Stadium on Tuesday.
These two pacers along with Junaid Khan, Younis Khan and Aslam Qureshi reduced Punjab to 238 for eight in 72.5 overs. Only player who kept thing tightly held for Punjab was Azhar Ali. The opener was holding the front against all odds and the time the day was called off, he was batting at 116.
However, the poor condition of the host team can be gauged from the fact that 29 was the second highest score made from the whole bating line up and that came from Mansoor Amjad.
PUNJAB 1st innings:
Mohammad Hafeez c Jan b Nauman 12
Azhar Ali not out 116
Umar Akmal c Jan b Nauman 4
Mansoor Amjad c Jan b Nauman 29
Mohammad Ayub c Shoaib b Rehman 8
Khurram Shehzad b Rehman 13
Mohammad Salman b Younis 8
Abdur Rehman c Rafatullah b Aslam 10
Wahab Riaz c Raees b Junaid 19
Mohammad Talha not out 5
Still to bat: Mohammad Khalil
EXTRAS: (12 lb, 2 w) 14
TOTAL: (8 wickets, 72.5 overs) 238
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-29, 3-90, 4-107, 5-121, 6-131, 7-168, 8-218
Nauman Habib 18.5-4-51-3
Junaid Khan 21-2-74-1
Younis Khan 2-0-3-1
Mohammad Aslam 12-1-53-1
NWFP team: Yasir Hameed, Adnan Raees, Rafatullah Mohmand, Younis Khan, Aftab Alam, Shoaib Khan, Zulfiqar Jan, Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Nauman Habib, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Aslam. Toss: North West Frontier Province won the toss and decided to fieldUmpires: Nadeem Ghauri, Saleem Badar
Referee: Khalid Niazi.