State Bank of Pakistan routed for 94
Imran Khan and Naved-ul-Hasan wrecked State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for 94 before Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) reached 88 for 3 at the Marghzar Cricket Ground in Islamabad. SBP started the game in second place in the points table, ahead of WAPDA in fourth but it was the lower-placed team that dominated from the start. Naved and Sarfraz Ahmed nipped out the openers with only 16 on the board and then Imran went to work, ripping out the heart of hte order as only two batsmen managed double figures. Imran ended up with 5 for 26 from 11 overs, while Naved took 3 for 30 from 14 overs. WAPDA lost three early wickets but opener Asif Khan (37*) was steady and ensured they did not lose the advantage the bowlers had given them.
The bowlers ran riot at the Sports Stadium in Sargodha, with 16 wickets falling on the opening day of the match between Faisalabad and Rawalpindi. Put in to bat, Rawalpindi's openers added 32 before the floodgates opened. They lost five wickets for 54 runs, slumping to 86 for 5, before a 42-run sixth wicket partnership temporarily slowed their slide. They then lost their last five wickets for 51, to fold for 179. Usman Saeed topscored with 46, while Abdur Rauf did most of the damage with the ball, taking 5 for 61. The same trend continued as Faisalabad got off to a horror start in their first innings, tumbling to 4 for 4, with three of their top four batsmen failing to score. Captain Naved Latif would soon make it four ducks, and at 32 for 6, Faisalabad were in danger of being routed. However, Rauf came to the fore once again, making a stroke-filled 30 that contained six fours, and sharing in an unbeaten partnership worth 37 with Mohammad Shahid (15*) to take his side to 69 for 6 at the close of play.
Kamran Akmal's half-century led National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)'s revival against Habib Bank Limited (HBL)after fast bowler Fahad Masood had sliced through their top order to leave them reeling at 16 for 4 at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. Nasir Jamshed typified NBP's initial struggles, taking 51 minutes and 31 balls to make 7 before Masood had him caught and bowled. However, Akmal and Fawad Alam were able to stem the rot, adding 106 together for the fifth wicket. Alam made 45 before becoming Masood's fifth victim, while Akmal topscored with 66, an innings that included 11 fours. At 150 for 6, NBP were still in some trouble and it was left to Qaiser Abbas (45) and Hammad Azam (32) to take them past 200. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Aslam then ran through the tail to keep NBP to 243. Masood picked up 5 for 40, while Aslam had figures of 4 for 60. HBL were left to face one over, and ended the day on 1 for no loss.
Mohammad Ayub and Mohammad Abbas combined to give Sialkot the advantage against Islamabad at the Diamond Club ground in Islamabad. Ayub lashed his way to 92 from 101 balls, striking 16 fours, to carry Sialkot to 255. He received little support from the rest of the batsmen, though - extras were the next highest contributor with 33. Shehzad was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 73, while Fakhar Hussain and Zohaib Ahmed took three apiece. Abbas then made sure it would be Sialkot's day with three quick strikes to leave the hosts totterring on 19 for 3.
A staunch rearguard effort from Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider and Junaid Zia allowed Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) a minor recovery after the top order collapsed against Pakistan Internatioanl Airlines (PIA) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Anwar Ali and Zia-ul-Haq had combined to reduce points leader ZTBL to 37 for 6 before Haider and Zia added 98. Haider fell for 43 but Zia made his half-century before becoming the ninth wicket to fall, caught off the bowling of Zia for a team high 65. Agha Sabir fell early but Kamran Sajid and Sheharyar Ghani took PIA to 38 for 1 at the close of play.
Led by Pakistan seamer Mohammad Sami, Karachi Blues held the upper hand after the first day of their game against Abbotabad at the National Stadium in Karachi. Sami took 4 for 56, including three of the top four batsmen, as Abbotabad limped to 210 for 9, with Mohammad Naeem batting for three hours and 39 minutes to make 65. Wajid Ali chipped in with 41 but none of the other batsmen managed more than 26. Sohail Khan backed up Sami with 3 for 51.