Karachi Blues and ZTBL post wins
A five-wicket haul by Rehan Riaz, the right-arm seamer, helped Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to a 133-run win over Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in Rawalpindi. Chasing 376, HBL were bowled out for 242 following a lower-order collapse. The overnight pair of Bilal Shafayat and Fahad Masood took the score to 144 before ZTBL struck. Both fell to Riaz, with Shafayat making 66 and Masood 45. The lower order struggled to build partnerships as Riaz ran through them.
It was a comprehensive win for Karachi Blues as they needed just 27 overs to bowl out Sialkot on the final day at the Jinnah Stadium to win by 214 runs. Karachi declared overnight on 432 to give the hosts a tough target of 350. Tanvir Ahmed and Mohammad Sami made early inroads and never allowed Sialkot to settle in and stage any resistance. Azam Hussain took three lower-order wickets to hasten Sialkot's collapse. Tanvir returned figures of 3 for 45. Rizwan Sultan's 27 was the highest score for Sialkot.
The Battle of the Banks failed to produce a result as State Bank of Pakistan's (SBP) last-wicket pair showed enough resilience to deny National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) a victory in Faisalabad. SBP's Gulraiz Sadaf and Mohammad Ali came together at 156 for 9 and took the score to 183 before the match was called off. Earlier, NBP had set a target of 314, after declaring at 313 for 5. Nasir Jamshed and Qaiser Abbas notched up half-centuries before Kamran Akmal declared. Abbas finished unbeaten on 79. SBP began steadily as the openers took the score to 61. However, the middle order collapsed to give the opposition a realistic chance of victory. Abbas, Wahab Riaz and Umaid Asif shared eight wickets among them and the pressure was on SBP to save the game. Sadaf, the wicketkeeper, remained unbeaten on 46 while his partner Ali finished unbeaten on 4.