Raees ton, Siddiq hat-trick give SBP win
Adnan Raees' big hundred and Kashif Siddiq's five-for, which included a hat-trick, combined to give State Bank of Pakistan a comfortable win over Karachi Blues by an innings and 11 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi. SBP began the third day leading by 42 runs with four wickets in hand but Raees and Sadaf were able to push it to 86 before Sadaf fell for 50, the third-highest individual score of the game. Two quick wickets followed, but Raees was able to add 36 with last man Saad Altaf before he was last out for 190, having batted one minute shy of seven hours. Karachi started steadily in their second-innings, but Khalid Latif's dismissal created a sense of panic that Siddiq in particular took advantage of when he trapped Shahzaib Hasan, Javed Mansoor and Tanvir Ahmad lbw of consecutive deliveries. That reduced Karachi to 64 for 6, and though there was some resistance from Wajihuddin and Mohammad Sami, Siddiq wrapped up the match with his fifth wicket as Karachi succumbed for just 113.
Seamer Mohammad Khalil and left-arm spinner Zohaib Khan ran through Faisalabad's line-up to give Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited victory by an innings and 124 runs at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. After ZTBL had declared with a 264-run first-innings lead, Khalil took three quick wickets - two bowled and one lbw - to leave the hosts 14 for 3. Mohammad Shahid and Mohammad Salman tried to give the innings some stability and both got into the thirties, but Zohaib kept picking up wickets, finishing with 3 for 39 in the innings and eight wickets in the match. Khalil then came back to get two more and finished with five for the innings.
Water and Power Development Authority took control of their game against Abbottabad at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, thanks to a century from Ali Azmat and late strikes by their bowlers. Azmat made 105 from 153 balls, an innings that included 11 fours and a six. He was backed up by Sarfraz Ahmad, who made a lusty 63 from 61 balls batting at No.10 to push WAPDA to 325, a lead of 66. Abbottabad were then rocked by Naved-ul-Hasan, who dismissed both openers with just two runs on the board, and Zulfiqar Babar, who took two late wickets, to leave the home side tottering on 70 for 5, a lead of just four runs.
An unbeaten hundred from Afaq Raheem and Naeem Anjum's 58 not out provided some resistance for Islamabad but they were still 167 runs behind Pakistan International Airlines with five wickets remaining at the end of the third day at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. Only 95.4 overs of play had been possible over the first two days, but PIA may have still harboured hopes of a win when they had Islamabad 146 for 5 in response to their 423. After an opening stand of 82, seamers Anwar Ali and Aizaz Cheema, who has been included in Pakistan's squad to play Sri Lanka later this month, picked up two wickets each to leave Islamabad in trouble. Raheem and Anjum's unbeaten 110-run stand all but ensured Islamabad would avoid the follow-on but PIA are still favourites to take points for the first-innings lead.
Unbeaten centuries from Umar Amin and Fawad Alam helped National Bank of Pakistan fight back after they had conceded a 195-run first-innings lead to Rawalpindi at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. SBP reached 296 for 3 by the end of the day, leaving them 101 runs ahead. They had started poorly. First, they let Muzammil Nizam and No. 10 Mohammad Rameez take their ninth wicket stand from 37 overnight to 118. Rameez got 74 of those runs off just 63 balls taking Rawalpindi to 348. Then NBP lost three early wickets and were 37 for 3 before Amin and Alam put together an unbeaten 259-run partnership. Alam scored his runs quickly, taking just 148 balls to reach 141, while Amin hit 20 boundaries in his 131.
Sialkot's bowlers came back strongly to earn a 104-run first-innings lead over Habib Bank but were let down by their batsmen who crumbled against Danish Kaneria and Abdur Rehman to finish the day on 61 for 7 at the Jinnah Stadium. Sialkot struck early to dismiss Taufeeq Umar and Asad Shafiq but Imran Farhat (105) and captain Younis Khan (52) revived Habib Bank with a 108-run fourth-wicket stand. Habib Bank, however, could not build further and collapsed from 218 for 3 to be dismissed for 293. Sialkot's batsmen surrendered the advantage towards the end, losing seven wickets in 25 overs with Kaneria and Rehman taking three apiece.
An improved batting effort and an innings of 81 from Mohammad Waris on first-class debut were not enough for Multan to avoid an innings defeat to Peshawar at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. After a horror season in Division One last year, when they lost 10 of their 11 games Multan's beginning to life in Division Two was equally traumatic, as they were bowled out for 67 on the first day. Trailing by 298, their batsmen did better on second attempt. Naved Yasin had reached a half-century on the second day, and Waris got to the fifty mark on the third. But seamer Waqar Ahmed chipped away at the wickets and finished with five in the innings as Multan were bowled out for 287.
Saeed Bin Nasir carried Karachi Whites to a comfortable seven-wicket win over United Bank in Karachi. Following his unbeaten hundred in the first innings, Nasir guided Karachi in their chase of 177 after United Bank had been dismissed for 241 in their second innings. Kashif Bhatti had dismissed the openers with 30 on the board but Nasir and Atif Ali added 107 for the third wicket to put Karachi on course. Atif departed on 45 but Nasir remained unbeaten on 92 with 17 fours to take Karachi home. Saad Sukhail (76) had earlier taken United Bank to 241 from their overnight score of 164 for 6. Legspinner Mansoor Ahmed finished with 4 for 53.
A century from Abid Ali put Lahore Ravi in a position from which they can push for a win against Lahore Shalimar at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Having secured an 84-run first-innings lead, Lahore Ravi scored at a brisk pace on the third day and declared on 290 for 3, leaving Lahore Shalimar 375 to win. Abid hit 15 boundaries in his 108, and received support from Junaid Jan, who scored 53, and Mohammad Saad (55). Saad Nasim got some quick runs at the end of the innings, striking three sixes in his 49-ball 56. Lahore Shalimar's openers negotiated 10 overs at the end of the day but their batting will have to improve from the first innings if they are to avoid a loss.
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited made slow progress on the third day and finished 222 runs ahead of Khan Research Laboratories with four wickets remaining at the Khan Research Laboratory Ground in Rawalpindi. SNGPL have already secured a first-innings lead but scored just 153 in 81.3 overs on the third day, and lost five wickets. They were in trouble at 116 for 6, but a 75-run unbeaten stand between Khurram Shehzad and Adnan Akmal ensured they still hold a slight edge going in to the final day. KRL's spinners kept SNGPL in check, Nayyer Abbas taking 2 for 40 and Ali Naqvi getting 2 for 32.
Hyderabad's bowlers secured a first-innings lead against Quetta on the third day at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad. Beginning the day on 124 for 4, Quetta had a couple of half-century partnerships but lost wickets in clumps and were bowled out for 311. Hyderabad then got to 54 for 2, leaving them 133 ahead by the end of the day. Ata-ur-Rehman was Quetta's top-scorer with 67 and was involved in both fifty stands. Quetta's last three wickets fell for eight runs, with Lal Kumar completing a three-wicket haul. Legspinner Zahid Mahmood also picked up three.