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January 14, 2010
Sialkot 78 and 197 for 7 (Jahangir 47, Ayub 44, Yasir 4-63) lead Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 269 (Arshad 96, Abbas 4-67) by six runs
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited are in an excellent position to win their second game of the competition, against Sialkot in Hyderabad. SNGPL began the day 109 ahead, after having dismissed Sialkot for just 78 on the opening day. They extended that lead to 191, thanks to Usman Arshad's 96 and Yasir Shah's 48. Left-arm spinner Nayer Abbas grabbed four wickets, but the lead, as it emerged, proved a major challenge for Sialkot. In their second innings, despite a much-improved performance, they are only six ahead of their opponents with just three wickets left. Sialkot's batsmen will regret not making best use of their starts - there were three scores of above 30, but none reached a half-century. Yasir played the chief spoilsport, finishing the day with four wickets.
The Rest 142 and 145 for 2 (Umair 62, Anwar jnr 32*) lead Habib Bank Limited 238 (Iqbal 50, Rameez 5-86) by 49 runs
The Rest compensated for their poor first day with an admirable display on the second to even things out in their fixture against Habib Bank Limited in Karachi. Seamer Mohammad Rameez grabbed five wickets to limit HBL's lead to 96, but not before a lower-order resistance had given HBL the advantage. Wicketkeeper Farhan Iqbal fought it out with the tail, scoring a half-century - the ninth and tenth-wicket pairs added 58 and 37 respectively to take their team to 238. But the Rest replied strongly in their second innings, with opener Umair Khan stroking a patient 62 and captain Saeed Anwar jnr finishing the day unbeaten on 32. At stumps, the Rest led by 49 with eight wickets still in hand.
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