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October 18, 2009
Habib Bank's spin duo, Danish Kaneria and Abdur Rehman, took seven wickets between them to bowl their team to a massive 235-run win against Khan Research Laboratories in Karachi. KRL began the day on 167 for 4, chasing an improbable 477 to win, and added only 74 more to their total. Saeed Anwar jnr was the boy on a burning deck, remaining unbeaten on 122 as wickets tumbled around him. No one else made more than Bazid Khan's 39 and Rehman finished with 4 for 65 while Kaneria took 3 for 82.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited's bowlers picked up the remaining seven Lahore Shalimar wickets to secure a 97-run win at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Chasing 408, Lahore started the final day on 166 for 3 but soon lost their set batsman Abid Ali for 86, after he added only 5 to his overnight score. Suleman Khan contributed 53 to the chase but the other batsmen failed to convert their starts. Saeed Ajmal took 3 for 65 for ZTBL, while Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Nadir and Iftikhar Anjum took two each.
The final day between Water and Power Development Authority and National Bank of Pakistan was an absorbing one but the contest ended in a draw in Lahore. Bilal Khilji was the last man dismissed, for 161, as WAPDA were all out for 413 in their second innings, leaving NBP with a target of 226. WAPDA's fast bowlers, Sarfraz Ahmed and Naved-ul-Hasan, cut through the WAPDA top-order and reduced them to 40 for 5. Naumanullah, however, steadied the innings with a half-century and received support from Qaiser Abbas. They reached 156 for 7 before play ended.
Centuries from Saeed Bin Nasir and Rizwan Ahmed helped Sui Southern Gas Corporation secure a draw against Pakistan International Airlines at the United Bank Limited Sports Complex. Chasing 445 for victory, especially after losing the first two wickets for eight runs, was always a hard ask but Saeed and Rizwan combined for a 169-run partnership for the fourth wicket and lifted SSGC's innings. They ended the match having scored 296 for 4 in the second innings.
Fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed ripped through Abbottabad's second innings, taking 8 for 53, to bowl Karachi Blues to a 200-run victory at the Abbottabad Stadium. Tanvir dismissed the top six Abbottabad batsmen before returning to pick up the last two - six of his wickets were caught by the wicketkeeper Javed Mansoor. Mohammad Sami and Atif Maqbool took the other wickets as Abbottabad were all out for 159 chasing 360 for victory. Karachi had earlier declared on 262 for 4 after resuming on the final morning on 154 for 3. Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 103 while Asim Kamal made a brisk 87.
Beginning the final day on 22 for 1, Faisalabad needed another 315 runs to beat Multan at the Iqbal Stadium. However they managed to reach only 235 for 6 and the game ended in a draw. Opener Imran Ali and No. 3 batsman Hasan Mahmood scored half-centuries but the contributions from the rest of the batsmen were paltry. Tahir Maqsood and Abdur Rauf picked up two wickets each for Multan.
The match between Sialkot and Lahore Ravi ended in a dull draw on the final day in Muridke. Play began with Sialkot extending their first-innings from 235 for 7 to 271. Nayar Abbas top scored with 59, while Mohammad Irshad and Junaid Zia took three wickets each. In their second innings, Lahore were reduced to 134 for 5 when the game ended. They were struggling at 27 for 4 before Mohammad Asim revived the innings with 53.
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