Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Division Two, 3rd round, 2nd day

Abbotabad take control against Lahore Ravi

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 5, 2010

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Khalid Usman and Jahangir Shah put on 122 for the eighth wicket to build on opener Waqar Orakzai's maiden ton, and push table-toppers Abbottabad to 467 against Lahore Ravi, at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. By the close of play, Lahore had slumped to 43 for 4 to give Abbotabad a firm grip on the game. Usman was unlucky to miss out on a maiden century, having played fluently to make 93, his highest first-class score, an innings that contained 13 fours and 2 sixes, and took 114 balls. Shah's strike rate was marginally slower; he needed 92 balls to make 68, which included seven fours and a six. Legspinner Tanzeel Altaf toiled through 36.1 overs for his five wickets, including Usman's, giving away 128 runs. Lahore were in trouble straight away, as Mohammad Naeem took two early wickets to have them reeling at 9 for 2. Usman then backed up his performance with the bat with two wickets of his own.

A 172-run partnership between Fayyaz Ahmed and Usman Saeed took Pakistan Television to the verge of a first-innings lead over Karachi Whites at the National Stadium in Karachi. Saeed joined Fayyaz after PT had lost two quick wickets, and the pair soon set about the task of chasing down Karachi's 307. They coasted along to 259, needing another 49 to go past Karachi, when Atif Aqbool struck thrice to reduce PT to 290 for 6. Maqbool dismissed Fayyaz for 108 and Saeed for 83, as well as Zohaib Ahmad for 9. At close of play, PT needed another 16 runs with four wickets in hand to earn those a vital three points.

Hyderabad failed to capitalise on a strong position at the end of day one, crawling to 326 against State Bank of India at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad. They began the day on 179 for 2, but lost Rizwan Ahmed almost immediately for his overnight score of 48. Azeem Ghumman fell soon after, for 77, having added four to his score on the second morning. The other batsmen got starts, but weren't able to make the most of them, with Lal Kumar's 37 being the best of the rest. Bilawal Bhatti was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 46 from 28 overs. The State Bank of India openers, Kashif Siddiq and Faisal Athar, coasted to 43, before Athar fell for 15 just before stumps.

Usman Salahuddin's third first-class hundred was the backbone of Lahore Shalimar's first-innings total of 435 for 8 against Quetta at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Salahuddin batted for almost six hours to make a sedate 110. Captain Kashif Mahmood (73) was then involved in two partnerships lower down the order. He put on 39 with Saad Nasim and then added 70 with Ammer Hayat. Quetta lost a couple of early wickets to the medium pace of Arsalan Mir to end the day on 75 for 2, with Bismillah Khan unbeaten on 40.

Peshawar eked out a 12-run first-innings lead over Khan Research Laboratories, despite a hundred from Bazid Khan, and stretched that to 62 with eight wickets in hand when play ended at the Sports Complex in Mardan. KRL had crumbled to 1 for 3, as three of their top four batsmen made ducks, before Bazid and Mohammad Wasim rebuilt the innings. Bazid was eventually dismissed for 103 by Sajjad Ahmed, who was one of three bowlers to take three wickets. Wasim was the second highest scorer with 39, as only one other batsman went past 20.

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