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October 31, 2010
State Bank of Pakistan routed Peshawar by an innings and 89 runs with more than a day to spare at the Sports Complex in Mardan. Peshawar started the day looking in little danger at 141 for 4 chasing 376, but left-arm spinner Naved Yasin sparked a middle-order collapse, and the last six wickets fell for 30 runs. SBP enforced the follow-on and fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti knocked over three of the top five batsman to leave Peshawar reeling at 39 for 5. The end came not long after, with the side being bowled out for 107 in 20.5 overs. Adnan Rasool also took three wickets, while Jalat Khan chipped in with two and Naved Yasin one. All in all, Peshawar lost 16 wickets for 146 in a little over 31 overs.
Lahore Shalimar need another 108 runs to win with five wickets in hand against Abbottabad at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Starting the day on 90 for 4, Abbottabad were bowled out for 167 - Fawad Khan's painstaking 88 making up more than half the total - to set Lahore a target of 229 in the fourth innings. The fast bowling pair of Hasan Dar, with 5 for 43, and Aamer Hayat, with 3 for 50, did most of the damage. Lahore lost three quick wickets before Usman Sallhuddin fought back with a half-century. He fell just before the close of play for 67, having struck 12 fours, leaving Afzal Shahzad, whose 15 runs had come from 94 balls, and Khasif Mahmood, on 4, at the crease.
Hyderabad begin the fourth day of their game against Khan Research Laboratories on 115 for 2, needing another 271 runs to pull off what would be an unlikely victory at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad. Having taken a 124-run first innings lead, KRL declared their second innings on 262 for 3, with opener Saeed Anwar scoring an unbeaten 112 from 168 balls, with eight fours and two sixes. Hyderabad lost Azeem Ghumman early, but fellow opener Sharjeel Khan put on 62 with Mansoor Malik for the second wicket to steady the ship. Sharjeel was 67 not out at stumps, with Rizwan Ahmad on 2 for company.
Quetta trail Karachi Whites by 212 runs and have their work cut out if they are to avoid losing by an innings at the National Stadium in Karachi. Karachi enforced the follow-on after bowling Quetta out for 284, with offspinner Atif Maqbool taking 6 for 103 from 32 overs. It could have been even worse for Quetta, who were struggling at 138 for 6, but Taimur Khan (73) and Arun Lal (61*) added 105 for the seven wicket. Karachi then took three wickets in 11 overs to leave Quetta tottering at 24 for 3 with one day still to go.
Lahore Ravi are on the verge of victory against Pakistan Television at the Lahore City Cricket Association. Asif Raza completed his century as Lahore added a further 62 to their overnight score. His 109 included 11 fours and a six, and took 140 balls. Saad Altaf toiled away for 36.1 overs, but was rewarded with figures of 6 for 122. Pakistan Television started brightly, with captain Raheel Majeed and Ammar Mahmood putting together an opening stand of 116, but Majeed's departure triggered a collapse, as the team lost 7 wickets for 52 runs. Naeem Anjum and Junaid Nadir delayed the inevitable with a 47-run partnership, but Lahore should wrap up the win on the last day. Tanzeel Altaf was the destroyer-in-chief, taking 5 for 70.
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