Abbottabad wrap up victory in two days
Abbottabad 135 (Hameed 49, Maqsood 7-40) and 114 for 2 (Hammad 56, Orakzai 38*) beat Faisalabad 92 (Irshad 22, Yasir 6-20) and 152 (Ammar 59, Yasir 6-49) by eight wickets
Abbottabad picked up their first win of the competition, beating Faisalabad in a low-scoring game that finished in two days. Abbottabad justified their decision to field first by bowling out the opposition for 92 in the first innings, with legspinner Yasir Shah taking six wickets. But Abbottabad themselves didn't have much of an edge at the end of their innings, as they were skittled out for 135. Yasir Hameed made 49 and Yasir chipped in with 26, but there wasn't much they could do against Waqas Maqsood, who took 7 for 40.
A second batting failure, however, proved too costly for Faisalabad. Yasir was among the wickets again, taking his match tally to 12, to keep Faisalabad to just 152. Ammar Mahmood made 49 but there wasn't much support from the rest. Set just 110 to win, Abbottabad achieved their target for the loss of just two wickets. Hammad Ali Shah made 56.
Rawalpindi 157 (Haseeb 46, Cheema 4-48) and 198 (Awais 75, Zia 5-84) beat Lahore Shalimar 116 (Siddiq 46, Nasir 4-31) and 215 (U Akmal 56, Hammad 3-33) by 24 runs
Lahore Shalimar's collapse in the first innings proved to be the difference as they lost a low-scoring match to Rawalpindi by a narrow margin. Shalimar had bowled Rawalpindi out for 157 after putting them in, with seamers Aizaz Cheema and Zia-ul-Haq sharing seven wickets between them. But in response, Shalimar started poorly, losing two early wickets, and then crumbled to 116 all out. Only opener Umar Siddiq was able to put up a resistance with a 145-ball 46. Left-arm seamer Nasir Malik did most of the damage with four wickets, but it was Hammad Azam who picked up the crucial wicket of Siddiq and helped wrap up the innings quickly.
Shalimar opening bowlers responded with three quick wickets, but a 98-run fourth-wicket stand between Awaiz Zia and Haseeb Azam proved to be crucial in the context of the match as the two took Rawalpindi's lead past 150. Once the partnership was broken, Cheema and Zia-ul-Haq ran through the rest of the batting order to keep the target to a tricky 240.
Unlike their first innings, all Shalimar batsmen got starts but were unable to construct big partnerships. The only notable stand was the one between Umar Akmal and Salman Ali which gave the team a good platform. But Rawalpindi bowlers attacked in a pack, with Saad Altaf, Hammad and Haseeb Azam, all picking up three wickets, and picked up the last six wickets for 37 to clinch a tight win and remain on the top of the Group II table.
Hyderabad 513 for 9 (Rizwan 157, Anjum 104, Nauman 56) beat Bahawalpur 194 (Tariq 72) and 173 (Javed 59*, Awais 6-62) by an innings and 46 runs
Centuries from Rizwan Ahmed and captain Aqeel Anjum, and nine wickets from offspinner Nasir Awais took Hyderabad to a commanding innings-and-46-run victory against Bahawalpur at the Bahawal Stadium. The collective bowling effort, led by Awais, helped them bowl Bahawalpur out for less than 200 in both their innings, after Hyderabad's mammoth first-innings score of 513 for 9.
After being put in to bat, Hyderabad's openers began positively. Rizwan and Anjum consolidated on the strong start, and from 175 for 3, they added another 192 runs as their team took a strong hold on the contest. Their bowlers kept a tight leash on Bahawalpur, who collapsed for 194 and were forced to follow on. Besides Usman Tariq, who scored a half-century, no one scored more than 26. Awais, Nauman Ali and Zahid Mahmood took three wickets.
Bahawalpur's batsmen struggle against Hyderabad's bowlers in their second dig too. Awais, who eventually took six wickets in the innings, helped reduce them to 65 for 6, before a fightback from lower-order batsman Ansar Javed delayed the inevitable.
Hyderabad, however, still remain at the bottom of the Group II table.
Karachi Blues 410 (Waqas 150, Zaman 79, Aziz 59, Babar 6-149) and 203 for 4 (Zaman 83, Rahman 51) drew with Multan 363 (Anwar 76, Yasin 66, Maqsood 53, Tabish 4-103)
A knock of 150 from Mohammad Waqas helped Karachi Blues gain a crucial 47-run lead - and thereby three points - against Multan in a closely fought drawn contest at the Multan Cricket Stadium.
The top order, led by Waqas, took them to 322 for 4, before the rest of the batsmen fell relatively cheaply to Zulfiqar Babar's offspin. Multan replied strongly to Blues' 410, and after a poor start strung together productive partnerships. Saeed Anwar jnr, Sohaib Maqsood, Naved Yasin and No. 9 Rizwan Haider scored half-centuries to get Multan close to their opponents' score, but the lack of a big innings hurt them as they fell short of gaining the lead, scoring 363.
Blues' batsmen prevented the chance of an outright result by consuming the final two days in their second innings, batting at a considerably slower rate than in their first innings.
The result consolidates their position at the top of the Group I table, while Multan lie second from bottom.
Peshawar 346 (Rizwan 154*, Bhatti 4-101) and 209 for 5 dec (Aftab 100*) drew with Sialkot 269 (Nayyer 54, Afaq 4-82) and 32 for 0
Peshawar, bottom-placed in Group I, stayed dominant throughout the match against Sialkot, but were unable to force a result at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. The home team chose to bat first and was in some trouble at 115 for 4 before wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored only his second first-class century to revive the team to a good first-innings total.
The Peshawar bowlers, led by Afaq Ahmed, then responded with regular wickets and helped their team to a 77-run lead. The scoring rates of both teams, however, remained slow, and by the time Sialkot ended their first innings, only a day remained in the match.
Peshawar were then given a scare as they lost the openers with only nine runs on the board. On the fourth day, the home team continued to add runs at a slow pace. By the time Peshawar declared their innings - after batsman Aftab Alam got to his century - not much time was left in the match to force a result and the match petered to a draw.