The meek surrender of Dera Ismail Khan

It was as one-sided as it could get at Railways Moghalpura Institute Ground in Lahore: to cut things short, Railways (perhaps out of boredom) declared at 910 for six on the third morning, and bowled out Dera Ismail Khan for 32 and 27 on the same day to register a win by an innings and 851 runs — easily the biggest margin of victory in First-Class defeat.



Of the eight batsmen, Pervez Akhtar top-scored with 337 not out, while Javed Babar scored a round 200. Ijaz Hussain and Mohammad Sharif also notched up hundreds. An even more astonishing aspect was the scoring rate: Railways scored at 5.29 runs an over.



Dera Ismail Khan, in response, were reduced to 17 for seven before Anwar Khan walked out to score a gritty unbeaten 11: they were bowled for 32 by Afaq Khan (seven for 14) and Bashir Haider, who bowled unchanged. Bashir put Dera Ismail Khan again, but changed bowlers this time, asking Ahad Khan and Nazir Khan to share the new ball.


This time Ahad reduced Dera Ismail Khan to six for five before Jamil Ahmed played spoilsport and got run out. Ahad rounded things off with figures of 6.3-4-7-9 as Dera Ismail slumped to 27. They lasted a mere 28 overs across the innings. In each innings they could not outscore the number of extras they conceded (39).