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November 23, 2010
Kamran Akmal scored 268, his first double-century in first-class cricket, to carry National Bank of Pakistan to a first innings total of 467 in their match against Faisalabad at the Sports Stadium in Sargodha. Akmal, who has lost the wicketkeeper spot in the Pakistan Test side to his younger brother Adnan, got NBP accelerated on the second day as he scored 133 of the 191 runs made by his team. Faced with a big target, Faisalabad's openers were undaunted, as Shahid Siddiq and Farrukh Shehzad both made unbeaten half-centuries to take their side to 152 for no loss at the close of play.
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited put themselves in pole position against Islamabad in a low-scoring match at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. The hosts were 117 runs ahead with just one wicket in hand, as they attempted to set SNGPL a decent total to chase. SNGPL seamers Imran Ali and Asad Ali, who shared all ten wickets in Islamabad's first-innings, did the job again taking five and three wickets respectively to reduce the hosts to 205 for 9. An unbeaten half-century by Imad Wasim provided Islamabad's only resistance. SNGPL's tail wagged in the morning, as they added 43 runs to their overnight score of 142 for 8.
Water and Power Development Authority continued their dominance against Karachi Blues on the second day at the National Stadium in Karachi. Sohaib Maqsood scored 182 before WAPDA declared on 399 for 5. Pakistan fast bowler Naved-ul-Hasan, who took four wickets in Karachi's first innings, struck an early blow by dismissing opener Naved Khan to leave Karachi 19 for 1, and needing another 247 to make the visitors bat again. WAPDA scored at a brisk rate of 3.78 in their innings, and their captain Naved-ul-Hasan showed real intent to win the match by declaring before the close of play on the second day.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited were three wickets away from their third victory of the season at the Multan Cricket Stadium, as they took 15 Multan wickets on the second day. Having scored 325, the ZTBL bowlers set about dismantling Multan's batting, bowling them out for 134 and then getting a further seven wickets after making as the hosts followed on. Multan still trail by 42 runs.
Rawalpindi took control of their match at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as they bowled Habib Bank Limited out for 164 on the second day. HBL started the day positively, allowing Rawalpindi to add just 56 to their overnight score of 334 for 5, as HBL fast bowler Fahad Masood ran through the tail, finishing with figures of 5 for 83. Unfortunately for HBL, the start of their innings was equally wicket-laden, as they collapsed to 29 for 4. A couple of late partnerships pushed HBL's score to 164, but they still conceded a 226-run lead to the hosts.
A half-century by their captain, Mansoor Amjad, restored some parity for Sialkot at the end of the second day after Pakistan International Airlines had posted a big first innings score at the Jinnah Stadium. Sialkot were stuttering at 61 for 3 at one stage before their captain ensured they finished the day at 142, still 246 runs behind PIA with seven wickets in hand. PIA Wicketkeeper Anop Santosh scored the majority of the visitors' runs on the second day, getting 105 off 159 balls.
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