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March 13, 2006
Asif Hussain's century powered Faisalabad Wolves to 352 for 7 as they trounced Karachi Zebras by 110 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi. Hussain scored 104 and put on 125 runs for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez who struck ten fours and a six for his 97. Karachi's chase began with a 52-run partnership before they lost three wickets for four runs. Saeed Ajmal picked up 4 for 32 as Karachi were dismissed for 242 in 47 overs.
Rashid Riaz's maiden hundred took Lahore Lions to the top of the Silver league table with a six-wicket win over Quetta Bears at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Chasing 255, Lahore were struggling at 54 for 3 when Riaz (91) and Adnan Raza began their 191-run partnership that shut Quetta out of the game. Riaz's 108 came off 111 balls but included just seven fours. In the first innings, Quetta Bears rode on half-centuries from Tariq Aziz and Adil Nisar, who scored 74 off 71 balls with 7 fours and a six, to reach 253. Mohammad Hussain was Lahore's best bowler, taking 3 for 31, as Quetta were dismissed in the 50th over.
Peshawar Panthers coasted to a 75-run victory against Lahore Eagles in their third-round Gold League match at the United Bank Limited Sports Complex in Karachi. Rafatullah Mohmand and Wajahatullah Wasti struck half-centuries, after Peshawar were asked to bat, and took the score to 259 for 6. In the second innings, three run-outs and Mohammad Aslam's 3 for 24 helped skittle Lahore for just 184 in 40.4 overs. Sohail Ahmed was Lahore's top-scorer with 41.
Rawalpindi Rams won a low-scoring contest against Multan Tigers by six wickets at Karachi to move up to second place in the Gold league. Chasing 215, Mohammad Ibrahim, Usman Saeed and Naved Ashraf scored fifties as Rawalpindi finished the game in the 48th over. Their bowlers took advantage of winning the toss and didn't allow Multan to get a partnership going by taking wickets at regular intervals. Azhar Shafiq top-scored with 49 as Multan were restricted to 214 for 9 in 50 overs.
Rain washed out the Silver league matches between Islamabad Leopards and Hyderabad Hawks at the the Diamond Cricket Club in Islamabad, and Abbottabad Rhinos and Karachi Dolphins at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Each team was awarded two points.
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