Pentangular Cup, 3rd round, 3rd day

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Federal Areas 381 for 8 (Bazid 170, Ashraf 78, Arafat 53*, Habib 3-74) trail North West Frontier Province 573 by 192 runs

Bazid Khan's 170 boosted Federal Areas to 381 for 8 on the third day of their Pentangular Cup tie against North West Frontier Province in Peshawar; however, they still trail by 192 runs in a match that seems headed towards a draw.

Resuming on 57 for 2, Afaq Raheem and Bazid added 45 runs before Raheem was bowled by Yasir Shah, the legbreak bowler. Nauman Habib removed Usman Saeed soon after, and Federal Areas were in peril at 107 for 4.

Naved Ashraf, the Federal Areas captain, joined Bazid at the crease and the two strung together a 169-run stand. Yasir got rid of Ashraf for 78, which included eight fours and a six.

Bazid finall fell for 170 to Habib, his 272-ball knock contained 24 fours. Federal Areas lost two wickets for the addition of 13 runs, but allrounder Yasir Arafat then chipped in with an unbeaten 53 to take them to 381, still 192 short of NWFP's imposing first-innings total of 573.

Habib was the pick of the bowlers for NWFP, with 3 for 74 from his 16 overs.

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