Sialkot and Karachi Blues set up intriguing final day
Sialkot 210 (Adeel 53, Haroon 5-66) and 63 for 2 need 220 runs to beat Karachi Blues 188 (Mansoor 60*, Abbas 4-32) and 304 (Kamal 76, Latif 60, Abbas 3-68, Bhatti 3-80)
Stroke-filled fifties from Asim Kamal and Khalid Latif and a steady bowling effort from Sialkot's attack has set up an intriguing finish in their fixture against Karachi Blues at the National Stadium. Karachi faced an early setback when they lost Sheharyar Ghani for the addition of only two runs in the morning. Kamal who had retired hurt on day two, anchored the innings with a sparkling fifity, including ten fours and a six. The middle order chipped in with useful contributions, none more substantial than Latif's 60. Fast bowlers Bhilawal Bhatti and Prince Abbas picked three scalps each as the innings folded at 304, setting Sialkot a target of 283. The victory charge though, was dealt telling blows when Sialkot lost their openers with the score on 16. Faisal Khan and Mohammad Ayub added 47 and saw their side through to stumps without further damage.
Habib Bank Limited 250 (Raza 102, Adil 4-71) and 222 for 7 (Masood 75, Raza 75) lead Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 245 (Mubeen 48, Arshad 47, Fazil 5-56) by 227 runs
Opening bowler Irfan Fazil wrecked Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited's (SNGPL) first innings and secure a five-run lead for Habib Bank Limited (HBL) before Shan Masood and Hasan Raza struck 75 apiece in contrasting style to put their side in charge at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex. Resuming 36 behind with five wickets standing, SNGPL had no answers to Fazil's spell as he added three wickets to his overnight haul of two. The overnight batsmen Usman Arshad and Yasir Shah fell for forties as HBL took first-innings honours. Their second effort was based upon the 110-run partnership between Masood and Raza. While Masood consumed 214 deliveries and hit 11 fours in his innings, Raza's 75 came at better than run-a-ball. Imran Ali and Mohammad Hafeez picked two wickets apiece to stem HBL's progress as they lost four wickets for 36 runs leading up to stumps.