Rizwan Haider powers State Bank of Pakistan to victory
Left-arm seamer Rizwan Haider ran through Karachi Whites as State Bank of Pakistan completed a 10-wicket victory inside three days at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi. Resuming on their overnight score of 33 for 2, the Karachi Whites batsmen kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Haider, who had accounted for the openers on day two, picked up five more wickets to end with match figures of 10 for 93, his first ten-wicket haul. Khalid Latif, the Karachi Whites captain, top-scored with 21, as they were bowled out for 97, leaving SBP 77 runs to get for victory. The SBP openers Gulraiz Sadaf and Mohtashim Ali made easy work of their target, racing to victory in just under 19 overs. With 9 points from the win, SBP are currently at the top of the table with 30 points.
Another collapse, this time at the Gohati Cricket Stadium in Swabi precipitated by Peshawar seamer Riaz Afridi, who picked up 8 wickets for 83 runs, pushed Abbottabad from their overnight score of 204 for 5 to 278 all out, 12 adrift of Peshawar's first-innings total of 290. Abbottabad opener Waqar Orakzai, who was unbeaten on 87 overnight, went on to make 123. But none of the remaining Abbottabad batsmen were able to support him as they lost their last four wickets for just 17 runs. Peshawar started poorly, losing opener Gauhar Ali cheaply, but Mohammad Fayyaz and Naved Khan steadied things with a second-wicket partnership of 47. At close of play, Peshawar were at 147 for 4, with Sajjad Ahmad on 55 and Akbar Badshah on 21.
Pakistan Television had their noses ahead at the Niaz Stadium as Hyderabad ended the third day needing 153 runs for victory with just 5 wickets in hand. Pakistan Television started the day on 145 for 1; a lead of 59. Captain Raheel Majeed's 103 and Ammar Mahmood's 71, along with tidy contributions from Fayyaz Ahmed and Naeem Anjum, carried them to 308, which set Hyderabad a target of 223. Kashif Bhatti was the most successful bowler for Hyderabad with 6 for 55. Hyderabad got off to a terrible start, losing their first three wickets for just 22 runs and at close of play were 70 for 5 with Rizwan Ahmed on 20 and Bhatti on 9 at the crease. Saad Altaf and Mohammad Ali picked up two wickets each for Pakistan Television.
Lahore Ravi recovered from a poor start in their second innings to take the advantage over Quetta at the end day three at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. The hosts began the day on a shaky 14 for 2 with a lead of 82. But Mohammad Saad, who made 93, and Fahad-ul-Haq with 66, ensured there was no collapse. There were handy contributions from Sheraz Butt and Tanzeel Altaf down the order as Lahore Ravi declared on 276 for 8, setting Quetta a target of 345. Quetta's chase began poorly as opener Sardar Wali was dismissed with the score on 15. Quetta ended the day on 17 for 1 and still need 328 runs for victory on the final day with nine wickets in hand.
Another recovery was staged at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore where Lahore Shalimar, overcame a poor start to their first innings to end day three on 372 for 7, 74 runs behind Khan Research Laboratories. Lahore Shalimar looked in trouble at 45 for 2 before an unbeaten 60-run stand between Asif Khan and Ali Haider took them to 105 for 2 at stumps on the second day. Asif and Haider carried on their good work on the third day putting on 108 for the third wicket with Khan reaching his century. Usman Salahuddin was unbeaten on 127 at close of play with Saad Nasim on 22. Left-arm spinner Saeed Anwar was the best bowler for KRL with figures of 3 for 46.