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March 4, 2012
Quetta Bears went top of Group B after their third consecutive victory, this time beating Karachi Zebras in a low-scoring match at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi. Quetta only managed to reach 195 for 9 and looked set to lose when Karachi were 122 for 4 in the chase. A collapse followed, with Karachi losing six wickets for 40 runs to be bowled out for 162 in 45.2 overs. Akbar-ur-Rehman scored 69 but seven of Karachi's batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores, consigning them to a loss.
Naved Yasin's 92 helped Multan Tigers win their first match of the One Day National Cup, against Hyderabad Hawks at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad. Yasin's innings built on a solid start from Multan's openers and helped them reach 270 for 6 in their 50 overs. Hyderabad's chase was rocked by early strikes from Akbar Ali, who finished with impressive figures of 3 for 37 from 10 overs. Ghulam Yasin scored 66 but not enough other batsmen contributed and Hyderabad were bowled out for 224 in 45.5 overs.
Khan Research Laboratories and United Bank Limited shared the points after their match at the Khan Research Laboratory Ground in Rawalpindi had to be abandoned due to rain 18 overs into the chase. KRL won the toss and Ali Naqvi got them off to a decent start, despite the loss of two early wickets, with his 57. The KRL innings was interrupted by rain after 19 overs, and the match was reduced to 40 overs a side. That interruption was followed by a KRL collapse, and they were bowled out for 159. United Bank's innings was interrupted too, after six overs, and they were given a revised target of 135 runs to win off 29 overs, but another rain delay after 18 overs led to the match being called off.
The match between Peshawar Panthers and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, scheduled for March 4, has been postponed and will be played on March 5.
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Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi
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