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October 21, 2011
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) beat Sialkot by a whopping 258 runs at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, courtesy a nine-wicket haul by left-arm medium pacer Mohammad Khalil. ZTBL began the final day needing six wickets to wrap up the game. Khalil got them the first five of those wickets, without facing much resistance. Faisal Khan, who was 73 not out overnight, edged behind on 99, and from there on wickets fell in quick succession. Khalil was denied a ten-for when No. 11 batsman Mohammad Imran was caught of Iftikhar Anjum, less than 20 overs into the day's play.
Faisalabad secured a first-innings lead of 19 against Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in a drawn match at the Iqbal Stadium. In reply to PIA's 396, Faisalabad began the fourth day on 374 for 5 in their first innings. Their overnight batsmen Faisal Bin Mubashir and Mohammad Salman took them past 400, but then they lost four wickets for 11 runs to finish on 415. Aqeel Ahmed had retired hurt and did not complete his innings. Ali Imran finished with 4 for 74 for PIA. Faisalabad's new-ball attack of Abdur Rauf and Waqas Maqsood then cut through the PIA top order, reducing them to 41 for 4. They couldn't complete the collapse, though, for Fahad Iqbal and Sarfraz Ahmed struck aggressive centuries to rule out the possibility of a dramatic Faisalabad victory. Iqbal made 105 off 127 balls and Sarfraz 152 off 147 as PIA ended on 315 for 6. Faisalabad ended up using nine bowlers.
Water and Power Development Authority cruised to a comfortable six-wicket victory against Karachi Blues at the National Stadium. They began the day on 151 for 3, chasing 210, with Rafatullah Mohmand on 74 and Bilal Khilji on 59. Though Khilji fell on 67, the only wicket to fall on the final day, Mohmand went on to score an unbeaten 105 and lead his team to victory.
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) held on for a draw against Islamabad at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. The hosts batted nine overs in the morning session, adding 35 runs to their overnight score, before declaring on 274 for 2. They looked set to take the match after their new-ball pair, Shehzad Azam and Nasrullah Khan, reduced SBP to 13 for 3, but the visitors' lower middle order came good. Adnan Raees hit 40 and Rameez Alam made 61, while Nos. 7 and 8 made contributions in the 20s to deny Islamabad the win.
Despite a brief period of resistance from overnight batsmen Zahid Mansoor and Mohammad Rameez, Habib Bank Limited (HBL) completed a comprehensive win against Rawalpindi at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The visitors began the final day needing three wickets for victory, Rawalpindi tottering on 159 for 7 in pursuit of 330. It took them less than a session to get the wickets and claim six points.
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