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March 8, 2012
Nasrullah Khan took 5 for 28 to bundle Faisalabad out for 161 and give Islamabad a 71-run victory in Sargodha. Nasrullah scythed through Faisalabad's top order, reducing them to 7 for 4. Asif Hussain tried to revive Faisalabad with his 73 but the early damage was too much and they could only last 43.2 overs. Umair Khan and Nauman Masood had got half-centuries as Islamabad posted a middling total that proved more than enough.
Umar Waheed scored 81 not out to help Rawalpindi recover from 57 for 5 and chase Sialkot's 213, at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot. Rawalpindi had put Sialkot in and restricted them thanks to left-arm spinner Yasim Murtaza's 3 for 31. Shehzad Malik scored 70 but Sialkot's innings never got going and Rawalpindi were presented with a modest target. They stuttered early though, with Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Abbas ripping through the top order. Waheed began the repair work with Mohammad Nawaz, who retired hurt after scoring 42. Yasim Murtaza then kept Waheed company and the pair got Rawalpindi home in 46 overs.
Abbottabad and Karachi took a point each after their game at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium was abandoned after 25 overs. The hosts had reduced Karachi to 170 for 9 but did not have the opportunity to chase. Khalid Latif had smashed 87 off 65 balls for Karachi.
State Bank of Pakistan started their campaign with a 38-run win over Water and Power Development Authority at the Lahore City Association Ground. State Bank were put in and their openers got them off to a brisk start before Mohtashim Ali and Adnan Raees both got into the 40s at Nos 3 and 4. A few quick wickets threatened to derail the innings but Jalat Khan contributed 40 down the order to take the total to 258. WAPDA lost early wickets in the chase and looked out of the game at 159 for 7. A 50-run eighth-wicket stand gave them some hope but they fell well short in the end. Aamer Sajjad's 93 was what kept WAPDA in with a glimmer of a chance but State Bank's bowlers all chipped in with wickets to give their side the win.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited easily chased Pakistan International Airlines' 198 thanks to half-centuries from Yasir Hameed and Babar Azam, at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. ZTBL were 10 for 2 in the chase but Hameed scored 77 and Azam 86 to get the innings back on course, and the chase was eventually completed in 41.3 overs. PIA's top order had been rocked by strikes from Mohammad Khalil. Then the other medium-pacers, Rehan Riaz and Junaid Zia, got into the act and struck regularly. The three took eight wickets between them as PIA were bowled out for 198, with Faisal Iqbal's 74 the only significant contribution.
Habib Bank Limited nearly made a mess of their chase of National Bank of Pakistan's 187 but eventually got home with four wickets remaining, at the Gaddafi Stadium. HBL were cruising at 107 for 1 thanks to Taufeeq Umar's half-century, but lost five wickets for 57 runs and were in some trouble at 164 for 6. Medium-pacer Uzair-ul-Haq had caused the mini-collapse with three wickets but HBL managed to get home. Their bowlers had bowled out National Bank in 45.4 overs, with Danish Kaneria picking up three wickets.
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