Junaid Nadir five-for wrecks Islamabad
Fast bowler Junaid Nadir took five wickets in just 5.1 overs and Pakistan opener Imran Nazir made an unbeaten hundred to give Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) control of their game against Islamabad at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. Junaid was instrumental in bowling Islamabad out for 123 on the first day, snapping up Zeeshan Mushtaq, the innings top scorer, for 38 before running through the tail to finish with 5 for 14. Nazir led ZTBL's reply, making 105 and sharing an unbroken partnership of 115 with Faisal Athar (46*) for the fourth wicket, as ZTBL ended the day on 212 for 3, a lead of 89.
Fourteen wickets fell on the first day at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Rawalpindi were routed for 153, with Naved-ul-Hasan and Sarfraz Ahmed taking four wickets each, before unbeaten Water and Power Development Authority stumbled to 68 for 4. Ahmed and Naved knocked over the hosts' top four batsmen and Imran Khan picked up two wickets to leave Rawalpindi tottering at 97 for 6. It took No.8 Haseeb Azam, who made an unbeaten 35, to carry the side past 150. Left-arm seamer Mohammad Ayaz ensured it wasn't all one-way traffic though, taking three early wickets to keep his side in the game.
Ali Imran's six-for helped Pakistan International Airlines scuttle last-placed Abbotabad for 175 before Kamran Sajid's half-century took PIA to 106 for 3 at the end of the first day at the Abbotabad Cricket Stadium. Imran and Najaf Shah had Abbotabad in immediate trouble at 18 for 4. A mini-recovery ensued but at 90 for 7, Abbotabad looked hard pressed to post much over three figures, but wicketkeeper Mir Azam made an aggressive 63, and found support in Ikramullah Khan (23) to boost his side to 175. Imran finished with 6 for 48.
Ahmed Shahzad and Shan Masood, the Habib Bank Limited openers, put their team in a dominating position against Karachi Blues at the National Stadium in Karachi. The pair added 195 for the first wicket, with Shahzad leading the way with a brisk 108 that included 18 fours, while Masood made a more sedate 90. Bilal Shafayat and Khaqan Arsal made sure the momentum would not be lost, putting on 96 together before Shafayat was dismissed for 54. Arsal remained unbeaten on 48, taking HBL to 329 for 4, and will look to pile further misery on the Karachi bowlers on the second day. Offspinner Atif Maqbool took all the four wickets to fall but conceded 142 runs.
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and Qaiser Abbas posted centuries, sharing an unbroken stand of 217 runs, to boost National Bank of Pakistan to 345 for 5 against Sialkot on the first day at the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot. The pair came together with their side in a bit of bother at 128 for 5 and proceeded to take charge. Kamran made 131, his second century this season, peppering it with 19 fours. Abbas matched Kamran almost stroke for stroke in making his 107 that included 16 fours.
State Bank of Pakistan plodded to 224 for 3 in 83 overs against Faisalabad in Sargodha after Mohtashim Ali (63) and Waqar Orakzai put on 109 in a slow opening stand. Orakzai was bowled by Zeeshan Butt for 29 off 111 balls and SBP lost two more quickly to be in some bother at 128 for 3. A relatively positive Adnan Raees and Rameez Alam steadied things in an unbeaten 96-run partnership for the fourth wicket. SBP were also helped by 27 extras, including 12 no-balls.