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December 19, 2010
Quetta were staring at the possibility of an innings defeat after their batting line-up wilted for just 45 on the first day against Khan Research Laboratories in Rawalpindi. It was a disastrous batting performance from Quetta with only two of their batsmen, Bismillah Khan and Manzoor Ahmed, reaching double-figures. The bowling heroes for KRL were seamers Yasir Arafat, with 4 for 26 and Mohammad Irfan with 6 for 19. In response, KRL ended the day comfortably placed on 193 for 2 with Bazid Khan and Mohammad Wasim unbeaten on 76 and 85 respectively, a lead of 148.
The match between Lahore Ravi and Peshawar at the Gaddafi Stadium was evenly poised at the end of the first day. Peshawar made early inroads through their seamers Riaz Afridi and Imran Khan. Opener Abid Ali top-scored with 78 but none of the other Lahore batsmen were able to support him as they were bowled out for 193. Peshawar lost opener Mohammad Fayyaz early. Israrullah resisted with 45, but Ali Raza struck with a couple of quick wickets towards the close of play as Peshawar ended the day on 82 for 4, still trailing Lahore by 111 runs.
Usman Salahuddin's unbeaten 63 carried Lahore Shalimar to 190 for 6 at the end of the first day against Hyderabad at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Sent in to bat, Lahore lost openers Hamza Paracha and Mohammad Hamza with only 37 runs on the board. A half-century partnership between Rana Adnan and Salahuddin steadied the innings before Aslam Sattar dismissed Adnan. Afzal Shahzad (27) and Kashif Mahmood (21) added some handy runs. Lahore's hopes of reaching a substantial total now depend on Salahuddin.
Awais Zia's unbeaten double-century propelled Pakistan Television to a commanding 372 for 6 against table-toppers State Bank of Pakistan at Marghzar Cricket Ground in Islamabad. SBP won the toss and elected to bowl and got off to a good start when Rizwan Haider had Umair Khan lbw with just 12 runs on the board. That brought Zia to the crease and he and Raheel Majeed carried PTV past 100. PTV then lost a flurry of quick wickets, but Zia finally found some support in No. 7 Naeem Anjum who made 36 as the duo added 103. At stumps, Zia was unbeaten on 216 and giving him company was Yasim Murtaza on 49.
Karachi Whites were comfortably placed at 256 for 3 against Abbottabad at the end of the first day at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Asif Zakir, with an unbeaten century, and Rameez Aziz, with 75, were the batting stars for Karachi after they lost a couple of early wickets. At the close, Zakir was on 106 and giving him company was opener Kahlid Latif who had retired hurt with the score on 11, but returned to bat at the fall of Aziz's wicket. Abbottabad tried eight bowlers, the most successful was Ahmed Jamal with 2 for 58.
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