Sarfraz cameo keeps WAPDA top
Division One table-toppers Water and Power Development Authority completed a remarkable turnaround against Rawalpindi at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, squeaking home by one wicket after being 28 for 5 in their first innings. WAPDA were indebted to No. 10 Sarfraz Ahmed, who came to the crease with 39 still to get, and decided to have a go at the bowling. He struck three fours and a six in making 26 from 21 balls, and by the time he was out, the visitor's needed just three more runs for victory.
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited needed just 8.2 overs on the final day to complete a crushing defeat of b>Karachi Blues by an innings and 20 runs at the at the National Stadium in Karachi. The visitors prised out overnight centurion Akbar-ur-Rehman without a run being added - his 145 contained 22 fours - and knocked over the last three wickets for a further 28 runs.
Islamabad could only must 255 in their second innings to hand Habib Bank victory by an innings and 45 runs at at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. The only modicum of resistance on the day came from No. 11 Rauf Akbar, who made 22. Kamran Hussain took 4 for 23, while Danish Kaneria took 3 for 81.
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited hung on to claim a draw against Faisalabad at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. The visitors were seemingly out of danger, having scored 106 for the loss of just three wickets, but left-arm spinner Hassan Mahmood had other ideas. He sparked a middle-order collapse that reduced Faisablabd to 118 for 7, finishing with figures of 5 for 12 from 15 overs, and causing a few hearts to flutter, before the eight-wicket pair held on for a draw. Mohammad Salman, who made 126, comfortably the best knock in the game, was bowled by Asad Ai, who took four wickets, alongwith Imran Ali to restrict the hosts to 286.
Mohammad Ayub made an aggressive unbeaten century as Sialkot drew with National Bank of Pakistan at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot. Ayub's 107 was scored at better than a run a ball, and included 10 fours and three sixes. He added 119 with opener Jaward Ahmad, who managed 62, and a further 66 with Majid Jahangir.