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November 24, 2010
State Bank of Pakistan consolidated their position at the top of the table, with a 10-wicket win over laggards Quetta at the Khan Research Laboratory Ground in Rawalpindi. SBP needed only 11 overs on the third day, as they took Quetta's last four wickets for 29 runs and then got the six runs required to win. The victory had been set up on the first two days by SBP's bowlers, who dismissed Quetta for 112 in their second innings. Mohammad Naved ended up with nine in the match, taking 4 for 31 in the second innings.
Khan Research Laboratories upset second-placed Abbottabad by an innings and 86-runs at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium to move up to fourth in the table. KRL left-arm seamer Rahat Ali took 5 for 36, as Abbottabad crumbled to 158 all out on the third day. KRL made a positive declaration early in the day, and it was always going to be hard for the hosts from then on as they tried to recover from a 244-run first innings deficit. Wickets fell at regular intervals as none of Abbottabad's batsmen got more than 28 and KRL picked up their second win of the season. Abbottabad's loss means that Lahore Shalimar have caught up with them on 27 points in second position.
Karachi Whites beat Hyderabad by 241 runs at the United Bank Limited Sports Complex in Karachi, but the hosts decision to bat again despite leading by 304 after the first innings cost them the three extra points they would have gained had they won by an innings. Karachi batted only five overs on the third morning before they decided that 442 was a big enough total to set Hyderabad. The visitors made a slight improvement on their first-innings batting performance, when only managed 65, but it wasn't enough to delay Karachi's win. Karachi offspinner Atif Maqbool, who hadn't even had a chance to bowl in Hyderabad's short first innings, took 5 for 81, while fast bowler Sohail Khan completed his ten-wicket haul with four wickets in the second innings to go with his seven in the first. Karachi are now fifth in the table, while Hyderabad are just three points off the bottom.
Lahore Shalimar made light work of their 156-run target against Lahore Ravi at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, to move level on points with Abbottabad in second position. The match had been a low-scoring affair till the third morning, with neither team having crossed the 200-run mark, but Lahore Shalimar's batsmen went along at 4.25 runs per over on Wednesday to knock off the runs required with seven wickets still in hand at the end. Lahore Shalimar opener Irfan Zaman got his team's only half-century in the match, reaching 73. Lahore Ravi move down to sixth position in the table after the loss.
Peshawar made a remarkable recovery from their overnight score of 119 for 6 to reach a first innings total of 339 and keep themselves in the game against Pakistan Television at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. Peshawar's overnight batsmen Sajjad Ahmed and Riaz Afridi both got centuries on the third day, but Peshawar still fell behind Pakistan Television's first innings total. Pakistan Television's batsmen showed a clear intention to that the visitors are going for a win, as they scored at 6.62 runs per over to finish at 159 for 1 at stumps, 210 runs ahead. They will need to maintain that scoring rate tomorrow if they are going to give themselves time to bowl Peshawar out.
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