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February 19, 2009
Karachi Whites' openers, Ali Asad and Khalid Latif, scored hundreds to grind Lahore Shalimar's bowlers down on the first day in Muridke. Asad hit 16 fours in his unbeaten 127 while Latif made 123 in an opening stand of 249. Mohammad Saeed provided Lahore with their only wicket of the day when he had Latif caught behind but Asad took his team to stumps on 264 for 1.
Sohail Tanvir took 4 for 87 to put Khan Research Laboratories in a dominant position against National Bank of Pakistan in Rawalpindi. He was well-supported by Jaffar Nazir and Akhtar Ayub, who took 2 for 24 and 3 for 59 respectively, as NBP were bowled out for 184. Opener Rashid Riaz scored a solitary half-century as the rest of the batsmen struggled against KRL's pace attack. In reply, KRL had reached 54 for 1 by stumps, losing Saeed Anwar jnr to Mohammad Aamer.
Habib Bank held the advantage at the end of the first day of their match against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) at the Sheikhupura Stadium. Having won the toss and put ZTBL in, Habib Bank's bowlers reduced them to 231 for 7 by stumps. However, ZTBL did well to recover from a precarious 112 for 5 thanks to Wajahatullah Wasti, who made 83 with 11 fours and a six. The ZTBL wickets were shared by five Habib Bank bowlers, with Mohammad Aslam taking 2 for 37.
Half-centuries from Rameez Aziz, Qasim Sheikh and Zahoor Elahi helped Pakistan Customs recover from early losses to post 273 for 6 against Water and Power Development Authority in Sialkot. Pakistan Customs were reduced to 24 for 2 before Aziz and Sheikh added 140 for the third wicket. Aziz top scored with 85 while Sheikh and Elahi contributed 60 and 52. Shabbir Ahmed and Ali Azmat were the pick of the WAPDA bowlers, taking 2 for 44 and 2 for 27 respectively.
Umar Akmal scored 93 off 126 balls to lead Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited to 252 for 7 on the first day against Pakistan International Airlines in Faisalabad. Akmal hit 12 fours and a six during his innings and SNGPL were in a sound position at 155 for 2 before a middle-order wobble gave PIA the edge. Anwar Ali, Jamshed Ahmed and Tahir Khan took two wickets apiece for PIA. .
Hyderabad took firm control of their match in Mirpur Khas, dismissing Quetta for 163 before their batsmen reached 110 for 1 before stumps. Sajjad Ali provided Hyderabad the breakthrough with the new ball, dismissing Quetta opener Shahzad Tareen for a duck before the rest of the bowlers struck at regular intervals. Left-arm spinner Pir Zulfiqar picked up 4 for 50, including the wicket of Taimur Ali, who top-scored for Quetta with 50. Azeem Ghumman lead Hyderabad's strong reply, scoring 68 before he was lbw to Nazar Hussain just before stumps. Hyderabad ended the day 53 runs away from taking the lead with nine wickets in hand.
Usman Arshad and Ijaz Ahmed jnr scored centuries to give Faisalabad control of their match against Peshawar in Sargodha. Arshad remained unbeaten on 134 while Ijaz scored 118 in a third-wicket partnership of 258 which lead Faisalabad to 335 for 4 at stumps. They were in a bit of trouble at 59 for 3 before the massive partnership. Fast bowler Nauman Habib was Peshawar's best bowler, taking 3 for 64.
Rauf Akbar and Saad Altaf took four wickets apiece to help Islamabad restrict Sialkot to 268 on the first day in Islamabad. Akbar and Altaf struck early with the new ball to reduce Sialkot to 60 for 3 before Kamran Younis and Mohammad Ayub scored 60s to revive the innings. They added 106 for the fourth wicket before the innings lost direction due to a steady fall of wickets. Islamabad batted three overs and reached 3 for 0 before stumps.
Sheharyar Ghani's unbeaten 125 held Karachi Blues together and enabled them to reach 291 for 7 against Multan in Karachi. The innings had slipped to 82 for 4, courtesy Abdur Rauf who took 5 for 89, before Ghani strung together useful partnerships with the lower-order. He added 110 with Zakir Afridi who made 42 before he became Rauf's fifth wicket.
Opener Ghulam Mohammad scored a century but received little support from his team-mates as Abbottabad ended the first day against Lahore Ravi on 278 for 8 at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Ghulam shared a second-wicket partnership of 73 with Javedullah and added another 100 for the third with captain Adnan Raees but the innings eventually fell away from 262 for 4 to 278 for 8. Waqas Ahmed, Kashif Siddiq and Hasan Ahmed took two wickets each for Lahore.
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