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December 21, 2010
Lahore Ravi's opening bowlers - Abdul Ghaffar and Asif Ashfaq - combined to skittle Peshawar out for 118 to give the hosts a 56-run win in a low-scoring affair at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. A day after his 20th birthday, Ghaffar started the rot by removing Israullah and Gauhar Ali with consecutive deliveries, before Ashfaq got in the act by having Mohammad Fayyaz caught for 18 to leave the visitors tottering at 28 for 3. Sajjad Ahmad and Tariq Khan then attempted to get Peshawar's chase of 175 back on track, but Tariq was run-out for a painstaking 17 and Ashfaq trapped Sajjad in front for 35. Riaz Afridi then fell first ball to Ghaffar to reduce Peshawar to 90 for 6, and effectively end the game as a contest. The pair then ran through the lower order, with Ghaffar ending up with 5 for 46 to give him match figures of 9 for 103, and Ashfaq picking up 4 for 46.
Wajid Ali's unbeaten hundred could not prevent Abbottabad from following-on against Karachi Whites at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Resuming on 60 for 4, Riaz Kail took his side past 100 before he was dismissed for 50. The next three batsmen got starts but fell in their twenties as Wajid - who came back at the fall of the fifth wicket after retiring hurt the day before - ran out of partners. Abbottabad were eventually bowled out for 272, Mohammad Sami finishing with 3 for 59. They reached 19 without loss in their second innings but still trail by 292 runs.
In a see-saw battle for the first-innings lead, Hyderabad recovered from 166 for 6 to reach 351 for 9 in pursuit of Lahore Shalimar's 355 at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Aqeel Anjum (89) and Lal Kumar (85) led the recovery with a 105-run seventh-wicket stand after Lahore's new-ball pair of Emmad Ali and Hasan Dar had wreaked havoc upfront. Dar trapped Anjum leg-before with the score on 271, but Kumar carried on after that to bring Hyderabad on the threshold of taking the lead.
Umair Khan's unbeaten 96 extended Pakistan Television's advantage against State Bank of Pakistan in Islamabad. Saad Altaf and Zahoor Khan had taken seven wickets between them earlier to restrict SBP to 320 and gain a 106-run lead for their side. Rameez Alam (55) and Afsar Nawaz (48) had resisted in the morning before being caught behind off Altaf and Zahoor. The tail hung around briefly but PTV finished well in front. Mohammad Naved and Rizwan Haider had PTV reeling at 61 for 5, but Umair and Naeem Anjum ensured PTV's grip on the game didn't loosen with an unbeaten 111-run partnership that gave them an overall lead of 278 by stumps.
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