SNGPL stay in lead despite draw
Islamabad Leopards' strong batting performance led by a century from Faizan Riaz and and fifties from Ali Sarfraz and Mohammad Irfan set the foundation for their comprehensive nine-wicket win over Peshawar Panthers.
Leopards built on Riaz's 114 to score 402, before their bowlers restricted Panthers to 251. Following on, left-arm spinner Imad Wasim's 6 for 47 ensured Panthers were kept to 201. That left Leopards with a target of 51 for a win and they achieved it in 7.5 overs.
The batting-dominated match between National Bank of Pakistan and United Bank Limited, which had 10 fifty-plus scores, including two centuries, ended in a draw in Islamabad.
National Bank amassed 451 in their first innings, building on Umar Waheed's 120 and fifties from Mohammad Nawaz (98), Usman Qadir (52) and Raza Hasan (57) respectively.
In reply, Ali Asad's 176 led United Bank to a position of strength but a late collapse saw them lose their last eight wickets for 48 runs to fold for 310.
National Bank's brief second innings was fired by Kamran Akmal's 88 and their declaration of 168 for 4 set United Bank a target of 310. Although United Bank lost a couple of early wickets, fifties from Umair Khan and Riaz Kail helped them seal a draw.
Daniyal Ahsan's maiden first-class hundred lifted Port Qasim to 379 after they had crumbled to 93 for 6 in the first innings. He had support from Mohammad Sami (75) and Azam Hussain (49).
Rauf's 6 for 52 then helped Port Qasim restrict WAPDA to 278, despite a century from Aamer Sajjad. Port Qasim's second innings saw fifties from Khalid Latif (95) and Umar Amin (50) as they were dismissed for 303.
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited held on to their top position in the table despite a draw against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited.
Khurram Shehzad's 109 had led SNGPL to 306 before their bowlers skittled ZTBL out for 138, setting up a 168-run lead. Another strong effort with the bat, led by fifties from Adnan Akmal (75), Ali Waqas (50*) and Shehzad (52*) helped them extend their lead to 422 runs.
ZTBL then batted out the entire fourth day to secure a draw, finishing at 296 for 6, with half-centuries from Shoaib Malik (69) and Shahid Yousuf (77).