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Kamran, Abdullah hit tons as SNGPL crush SBP to reach President’s Cup final

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Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) beat State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to seal a berth in the final of President’s Cup Grade-I 2023-24, at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Thursday.

SNGPL cruised to the 279-run target comfortably with eight wickets in hand and 24 balls to spare.

Kamran Ghulam (110 not out, 97b, 9x4s, 2x6s) and Abdullah Shafique (101, 102b, 10x4s, 1×6) starred with brilliant centuries keeping SBP bowlers at bay throughout the chase.

The duo also shared a 116-run second-wicket partnership.

Meanwhile, Omair Bin Yousuf stayed undefeated with 40 off 38 balls comprising four boundaries and also shared a solid 97-run unbeaten stand with Kamran.

Earlier, after opting to bat first under the scorching sun, SBP lost their in-form opening batter Mohammad Faizan (10, 8b, 1×6) early, who fell prey to Shahnawaz Dahani.

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Zain Abbas, who struck a crafty century (108, 101b, 17x4s), joined forces with skipper Usman Salahuddin (44, 75b, 4x4s) to stitch a 144-run second-wicket partnership before the former was dismissed by Mohammad Ali.

Zain’s departure in the 32nd over initiated a collapse as SBP lost the last seven wickets for just 81 runs.

Mohammad Mohsin, batting at five, helped his team post 278 all out, with a brisk half-century laced with six fours and three maximums returning for 62 off 48 balls.

Ali was the pick of the SNGPL bowlers, dismissing three batters while left-arm spinner Mehran Mumtaz and Dahani picked up two wickets apiece.

SNGPL will now face either the Higher Education Commission (HEC) or Ghani Glass in the President’s Cup final, scheduled to take place at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.

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