WAPDA go third with win over SNGPL
Water and Power Development Authority moved to within three points of the top of the table after a convincing win against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. SNGPL collapsed on the fourth day, losing eight wickets for 63 runs to hand WAPDA a 157-run win. It was a meek surrender from SNGPL, after opener Naeemuddin had given them an outside chance of winning by guiding them to 123 for 2 by the end of the third day in their chase of 344. Naeemuddin could add only six more to his overnight score of 74 before he was dismissed by seamer Kashif Raza. WAPDA Seamer Sarfraz Ahmed helped himself to four wickets as only two of SNGPL's last seven batsmen made it to double figures.
A tantalisingly close match between Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and Pakistan International Airlines at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad ended in a draw on a curtailed fourth day, but both sides had their chances to win. Chasing 256, ZTBL were 195 for 7 when stumps were called. ZTBL would have fancied their chances of getting to the target when they reached 120 for 2, courtesy of a half-century by opener Zohaib Khan. They then began to lose wickets steadily with Shoaib Malik picking up two scalps with his offspin. ZTBL captain Imran Nazir tried to hold the middle order together with his 34, but when he fell to seamer Najaf Shah, it was PIA that had the better chance to win. Unfortunately, only 67.4 overs were bowled on the fourth day, which meant there wasn't enough time for a result. The day began with ZTBL taking PIA's last two wickets quickly to set up the chase. Seamer Rehan Riaz picked up one of them to finish with figures of 7 for 59 in the innings.