Junaid five-for sets up Abbottabad win
Junaid Khan, the left-arm fast bowler who has played for Pakistan A, set up Abbottabad's six-wicket victory inside three days, running through the Pakistan Television lower order at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Junaid's 13th first-class five-wicket haul in 32 games skittled Pakistan Television for 154, after they had begun the day on 133 for 5. Chasing the small target of 86, Abbottabad lost their openers with three runs on the board. However, Fawad Khan guided the chase with an unbeaten 34, and captain Wajid Ali chipped in with 21, as Abbottabad completed the victory. Pakistan Television seamer Zahoor Khan's 3 for 35 was in vain.
Rizwan Ahmed and Kashif Bhatti took eight wickets between them as Hyderabad took the first-innings lead on the third day against Quetta at the Niaz Stadium, despite Bismillah Khan's career-best 181. Quetta lost seven wickets for 68 runs to be dismissed for 343, 18 short of Hyderabad's 361. Bismillah and Ata-ur-Rehman had added 62 runs to take the score to 275 for 3, before legspinner Rizwan scythed through the middle order, taking 5 for 87. Bismillah hit 16 fours and three sixes in his 181 before falling to Rizwan, but lacked support from the other batsmen. Hyderabad's openers raced to 99 at stumps, an overall lead of 117. Sharjeel Khan was in a particularly belligerent mood, hammering 66 off 56 deliveries.
State Bank of Pakistan batted themselves into a strong position against Lahore Ravi at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, ending the third day on 418 for 7, a lead of 150 runs. Mohtashim Ali and Rameez Alam hit patient centuries, and Naved Yasin and Gulraiz Sadaf made contrasting half-centuries as Lahore's bowlers struggled to make the breakthroughs. Mohtashim (117) and Rameez (107) added 217 runs for the fourth wicket. There were two more century partnerships for State Bank before Yasin and Sadaf were both run out late in the afternoon. While the other batsmen chose to grind the bowling with sedate innings, wicketkeeper Sadaf slammed 61 off 63 deliveries.
Unbeaten centuries from Usman Salahuddin and Saad Nasim helped Lahore Shalimar declare on an imposing 457 for 6 on the third day against Peshawar at the Sports Complex in Mardan. Lahore had lost two early wickets in the morning to slump for 264 for 6, before Salahuddin found a willing ally in Nasim. They first took Lahore past Peshawar's 272, and then went on to complete their centuries as Lahore declared with a lead of 185. Nasim's 114 was his maiden first-class century while Salahuddin made 161. After being in the field for more than 150 overs, Peshawar lost Mohammad Fayyaz off the first ball of their second innings when he was bowled by Emmad Ali. Peshawar finished on 33 for 1, trailing by 152 runs.