Sami and Taufeeq star on opening day
Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Sami shared the honours for their respective teams on the opening day of the Patrons Trophy match between Habib Bank and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) at Karachi. Sami, out of the Pakistan Test squad, finished with 5 for 88 to dismiss Habib Bank for 266 on a seaming track. Opener Taufeeq carried his bat, scoring 96 in a 343-minute vigil at the crease, which didn't include a single boundary. He was involved in a crucial 71-run ninth-wicket stand with Fahad Masood, who hit an impressive 40 with five fours and a six. On their part, NBP got off to a shaky start, losing two early wickets before stumps. Salman Butt, another Test reject, fell without scoring.
Pakistan Customs restricted Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to 216 for 6 at the end of the first day of their Patrons Trophy match at Karachi. Opener Afaq Raheem hit the only half century for ZTBL, scoring 71, while the middle order failed to convert their starts. Murtaza Hussain, the offspinner, bowled a parsimonious spell, conceding just 37 runs off his 30 overs with nine maidens and two wickets to boot.
Najaf Shah's four-wicket haul helped Pakistan International Airlines restrict Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGPL) to 154 for 5 in a shortened first day in their Patrons Trophy match at Sheikhupura. Shah, a left-arm fast bowler, accounted for the first three wickets to fall, to leave SNGPL at 46 for 3, before Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Shafiq took the score to 91. Shafiq and Arsalan Mir then added 60 for the fifth wicket, with Shafiq remaining unbeaten on 44 at stumps.
No play was possible on the opening day of the Patrons Trophy match between Khan Research Laboratories and Water and Power Development Authority at Rawalpindi.