Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, 9th round, 2nd day February 14, 2009

Aamer's four puts National Bank in command

Cricinfo staff

Group A

Mohammad Aamer picked up four more wickets to take his match tally to seven as Lahore Shalimar collapsed to 33 for 5, needing at least another 210 runs to make the National Bank of Pakistan bat again in Lahore. National Bank's top order had given their bowlers a comfortable 243-run first-innings lead to work with. Umar Amin and Anwar Hafeez scored half-centuries before captain Qaiser Abbas hit an unbeaten 104 off 110 balls and added 129 with Imran Javed. Qaiser declared at 377 for 4, giving his opening bowlers 11 overs to have a go at Karachi. Aamer began a terrific spell and reduced Karachi to 12 for 3 in no time. By stumps his figures were an incredible 5-0-13-4. Wahab Riaz picked up the fifth wicket of Muzzamil Ikram for 5.

Khurram Shehzad's century helped Sui Nothern Gas Pipeline extend their first-innings lead to 267 before they declared 388 for 8 against the Karachi Whites in Karachi. SNGPL resumed on their overnight 134 for 2 and quickly lost both Mohammad Hafeez (60) and Azhar Shafiq (8), both of whom fell without adding to their day-one scores. Shehzad, who hit 17 fours and four sixes in his 124, added 91 with Usman Salahuddin. Medium-pacer Afsar Nawaz broke the partnership when he dismissed Salahuddin for 29 and then picked up Adnan Akaml for 2. But Shehzad found an able companion in No. 8 Ali Raza (59), with whom he added 99 to take SNGPL past 350. Their stand was broken by Khalid Mahmood, who dismissed both batsmen before the innings was declared. In reply, Karachi lost a wicket in reaching 22 in the 7.3 overs before stumps.

Only 55 overs of play were possible in Sheikhupura where Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited pushed for a first-innings lead with Inam-ul-Haq's unbeaten 88. At stumps ZTBL needed another 87 runs to pass Pakistan Customs' 280. After Umar Javed retired hurt for 19, Junaid Nazir (33) batted with Inam but the significant stand of the day was the unbeaten 94-run one between Inam and Aamer Bashir (41*).

No play was possible for a second consecutive day between Habib Bank and Khan Research Laboratories in Rawalpindi.

Water and Power Development Authority could not add to their day one total of 259 for 6 as bad weather ruled out the entire second day of their match against Sui Southern Gas Corporation in Muridke.

Group B

Sialkot made the most of the 33 overs available on day two at the Arbab Niaz Stadium, with unbeaten half-centuries from Haris Sohail and Mohammad Ayub taking them to 147 for 4 against Peshawar in a match most likely headed for a draw after bad weather ruled out play on day one. Sailkot began poorly, losing their first four wickets for 31 runs. Nauman Habib and Waqar Ahmed picked up two wickets each before Sohail and Ayub came to the rescue.

Lahore Ravi will have to wait another day to pick up the last three wickets in Multan's first-innings after no play was possible on day two in Lahore. A second successive day's play was ruled out between Rawalpindi and Quetta in Islamabad, between Islamabad and Karachi Blues at the city's Diamond Club Ground and between Faisalabad and Abbottabad in Sargodha.