Police stun PIA in PPL 2011

Two more matches of the 8th Pakistan Premier League were held today (Thursday, 22 Sept 2011) in Karachi.

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) made short work of struggling PEL with a comprehensive 4-0 win at KPT Stadium in Kharadar, Karachi. KPT captain Akhter Mamol gave his side the lead after 14 minutes before a well-taken hat-trick by Zahid Ahmed (40′, 45′, 80′) put the tie out of PEL’s reach in the end.

Pakistan Police stunned PPL title challengers PIA 3-2 at Peoples Stadium, Mauripur Road in Lyari Town. Home side PIA took the lead through striker Saddam Hussain after 10 minutes, only for Zarif to equalise for Quetta-based Police team in 33rd minute. PIA scored again through star winger Shakir Lashari (43′) to go 2-1 up just minutes before the break, only for Police to equalise at the stroke of half time through Hazrat Ali as the game was delicately poised 2-2 at half time. Police’s Asad Ullah then scored in 63rd minute to give his side a 3-2 lead which they managed to hold on to record a stunning turn around against title challengers PIA.

The loss severely dents PIA’s chances of reducing the gap with table toppers KRL while Police’s win helps give them a boost to survive relegation.