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January 22, 2012
A six-wicket haul by Mohammad Sami helped Sind defeat Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province by five wickets in Karachi. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa had given themselves a chance of a draw on the third day, reaching 218 for 3 following on, but bursts from Sami and fellow fast bowler Tabish Khan broke the game open. Shoaib Khan and Akbar Badshah had continued their partnership from the third day, and taken Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to 257 for 3, but Sami bowled them both - Shoaib fell for 97 - and struck twice more.
Tabish picked up three wickets quickly, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were bowled out for 331, leaving Sind 121 to win. Sind were given a scare by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's opening bowlers, who reduced them to 15 for 3. Faisal Iqbal calmed the innings with a half-century and, along with Fawad Alam, who scored 43, helped Sind win by five wickets.
A curtailed fourth day at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad denied Federal Areas the opportunity to push for an outright win, and Punjab took three points for the first-innings lead. The match had been close from the beginning, with Punjab taking a three-run first-innings lead, and both teams were in with a chance of victory on the final day. Punjab were left chasing 257, Federal Areas had a day to take ten wickets, but only 26 overs of play were possible. Federal Areas put Punjab under pressure, reducing them to 77 for 4, with Saad Altaf picking up three wickets; but it was Punjab who took the points.
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