SBP and Lahore notch up easy wins
A strong batting effort led by Shoaib Khan's 60 gave State Bank of Pakistan an easy win against Hyderabad Hawks at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad. As many as six SBP batsmen got more than 20, as they reached an impressive total of 314, and Hyderabad fell 37 runs short in their chase. Shoaib Khan and captain Kashif Siddiq put together 73 for the first wicket, with Siddiq getting his 46 at a strike-rate of 143.75. Adnan Raees and Rameez Alam both made contributions in the middle order as Hyderabad's bowlers all went for runs. Legspinner Rizwan Ahmed was the only one to go for less than 5 an over, taking 3 for 46 in his 10 overs. Hyderabad's chase got off to a shaky start, with three wicket falling early, but half-centuries from Aqeel Anjum, Rizwan and Lal Kumar in the middle order gave them a chance. Left-arm spinner Nayyer Abbas took three wickets towards the end of Hyderabad's innings as they were bowled out for 277.
A century by opener Abid Ali led Lahore Lions to an easy victory over Quetta Bears at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi. Quetta's opener Rashid Yousuf scored a century too, but they batted too slowly and only managed 217 in their 50 overs despite losing just five wickets. Lahore Lions needed 43.2 overs to chase the total, with Abid striking at 84.39 during his unbeaten 119, compared to Rashid's strike-rate of 66.44 during his 101. Captain Mohammad Yousuf scored 61 off 55 balls as Lahore Lions lost just three wickets on their way to victory.
Khan Research Laboratories chased down Pakistan Television's 203 in 46.3 overs to pick up a five-wicket win at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Pakistan TV lost three early wickets after being put in to bat, but Awais Zia held the innings together with his 72. Zia and Fayyaz Ahmed put together 97 for the fourth wicket, but they lost wickets steadily after that and ended up being all out in 43 overs. KRL's chase was led by opener Saeed Anwar jnr's 70 and Mohammad Idrees's 58.
Abbottabad Falcons beat Lahore Eagles by just three runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system in a rain-affected match at the Gohati Cricket Stadium in Swabi. In a reduced first innings, Abbottabad were bowled out in 31 overs for 162. Opener Sajjad Ali scored 41 and Khalid Usman got a quick 30 towards the end of the innings. Lahore Eagles were set a revised target of 124 to win in 25 overs. They got off to a solid start, reaching 75 for 1, but then lost four quick wickets and fell short of the target by four runs.