Altaf five-for makes it Federal Areas' day
Five wickets from left-arm fast bowler Saad Altaf helped Federal Areas bowl Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province out for 205 on the first day at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. An unbeaten 67 from Afaq Raheem then got Federal Areas to 130 for 1 to give them the clear advantage in the match. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chose to bat but were soon 33 for 3 after strikes from Sohail Tanvir and Iftikhar Anjum. Altaf then ripped through the middle order as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa could not string together partnerships. Yasir Shah, batting at No. 8, top scored with 49, and his 73-run partnership with Waqar Ahmed for the ninth wicket helped Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa get to 200. Federal Areas replied with an 86-run opening partnership and scored their runs at 4.06 an over to leave Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in trouble.
A century from Usman Salahuddin led a strong batting performance by Punjab against Baluchistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Punjab reached 335 for 4 by the end of the first day with Salahuddin batting on 103 not out. The platform was laid by a 105-run opening partnership between Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed. Shehzad missed out on a half-century but Jamsehd went on to make 80 off 116 balls. Salahuddin played the anchor role, while first Jamshed and then Shoaib Malik (60 off 78 balls) played aggressively around him. Rahat Ali picked up three of the four wickets to fall but was also the most-expensive bowler, going for 109 off his 24 overs.