Shoaib Akhtar six-for seals Leopards win

Federal Areas Leopards 305 for 8 (Murtaza 63, Majeed 56) beat Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Panthers 228 (Zohaib 47, Shoaib 6-52) by 77runs

A combined batting effort and a six-wicket haul from Shoaib Akhtar sealed Federal Areas Leopards' second successive win in the Pentangular One-day Cup, as they beat Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Panthers by 77 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi.

After opting to bat, the Leopards were boosted by half-centuries from four of their batsmen. Opener Rahil Majeed and Umar Amin scored at a brisk pace in a 65-run second wicket stand, Yasim Murtaza scored a quick 55-ball 63 including six fours and a six and wicketkeeper Naeem Anjum provided the late flourish, finishing with an unbeaten 53 off 36 balls to lift the Leopards score to 305. Left-arm spinner Zohaib Khan was the pick of the Panthers bowlers, taking 3 for 46.

In reply, none of the Panthers batsmen managed a score of 50 or above as Shoaib crippled them with early strikes, and returned to finish off their innings and seal a thumping win for the Leopards. He dismissed openers Imran Nazir and Rafatullah Mohmand cheaply, broke a 46-run sixth wicket stand by getting rid of wicketkeeper Ahmed said and nipped out two of the tail-enders to end with 6 for 52.

Khyber-Pakht 2nd innings Partnerships

1st13Imran NazirRafatullah Mohmand
2nd9Yasir HameedRafatullah Mohmand
3rd46Yasir HameedAdnan Raees
4th13Wajid AliAdnan Raees
5th44Ahmed SaidWajid Ali
6th46Ahmed SaidZohaib Khan
7th28Zohaib KhanKhalid Usman
8th22Yasir ShahZohaib Khan
9th6Zohaib KhanSohail Khan
10th1Zohaib KhanJunaid Khan