Kamran Akmal surpassed his previous best First-Class score of 268 against Faislabad in 2010 © Getty Images
Kamran Akmal surpassed his previous best First-Class score of 268 against Faislabad in 2010 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 15, 2014

Kamran Akmal posted his highest First-Class score of 275 to help National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) register a massive innings and 157-run victory against Lahore Lions in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold League encounter. The innings is also the second-highest First-Class score by a Pakistani wicketkeeper batsman.

Akmal’s faced 333 deliveries during his 402-minute stay at the crease, scoring 29 fours and nine sixes in the process. NBP were off to a shaky start, losing their first wicket with 16 runs added to their tally. Akmal joined hands with Fawad Alam to stitch a 197-run stand for the fourth wicket. Akmal was later dismissed off the bowling of Bilawal, with the NBP declaring at a score of 542 for nine. Lahore Lions were later dismissed for below-par totals of 159 and 226 collapse to a major defeat inside three days. Hammad Azam and Ahmed Jamal took six wickets each in Lahore’s first and second innings respectively.

Akmal surpassed his previous best innings score of 268, which was against Faislabad at Sargodha in 2010, and happened to be the second-best score by a Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman before the latest knock. The highest score in this regard is Zakir Butt’s 290, which he scored for Pakistan Railways against the North West Frontier Province at Peshawar in 1973.