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January 19, 2012
Centuries from Aqeel Anjum and Faisal Iqbal put Sind on top against Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province at the National Stadium in Karachi. The pair got together after Sind lost their openers early, having decided to bat, and added 184 for the third wicket. Anjum struck 15 boundaries in his unbeaten 126, his seventh first-class century. Iqbal, who's played 26 Tests, scored his runs at a fair clip, making 100 off 146 balls and striking 12 fours. Though Iqbal fell with the score on 226, Anjum found further support from Fawad Alam, with whom he added an unbeaten 90 for the fourth wicket. At stumps, Sind were 316 for 3.
The first day of the contest between Federal Areas and Punjab ended on even terms at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. Seamers Mohammad Khalil and Bilawal Bhatti shared nine wickets between then, Khalil taking a five-for, to bowl out Federal Areas, who were asked to bat, for 223. Federal Areas were well positioned at 101 for 1 at one stage but soon slipped to 130 for 5. Opener Afaq Raheem made 92 and helped his side go past 200 in the company of Sohail Tanvir, who made 52 before being bowled by Khalil. From 213 for 5, the side slipped again to 223 all out. In their response, Punjab lost their openers in quick time, both dismissed by Tanvir. At stumps, they were 31 for 2, still 191 adrift.
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