Habib Bank batsmen punish Sialkot
Habib Bank Limited (HBL) turned in a strong batting performance at the National Stadium to extend Sialkot's poor run in the tournament. Though none of the HBL batsmen went on to make a hundred, each of their top six crossed 30, and three half-centuries took them to 368 for 8 at stumps. Captain Hasan Raza was the top scorer with 75, opener Shan Masood made a patient 61 and Abdur Rehman slammed two sixes and seven fours in a quick 58 to power HBL. Prince Abbas and Nayyer Abbas shared seven wickets between them in a day of toil for the Sialkot bowlers.
Four wickets for left-arm spinner Saeed Anwar jnr handed The Rest the early advantage against Karachi Blues at the Niaz Stadium. Choosing to field, The Rest were given an early lift by the seamers, in particular, Mohammad Talha's twin strikes. Sheharyar Ghani's well-composed 86 ensured there were some fightback, but his departure paved the way for Saeed to weave his magic. He accounted for the lower order in haste, as Karachi succumbed in the 60th over for 198. Umair Khan's 55 put The Rest in control during the reply, as they took stumps at 91 for no loss.