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December 1, 2011
Faisalabad will have to chase down 273 for a win against Rawalpindi at the Sports Stadium in Sargodha. Fourteen wickets fell on the second day, as Faisalabad went from 69 for 6 to 104 all out, and Rawalpindi were then bowled out for 198 in their second innings. Rawalpindi's left-arm fast bowler Nasir Malik was the wrecker in chief, taking 5 for 30 as Faisalabad were bundled out in their first innings, conceding a lead of 75. Faisalabad's new-ball bowler Abdur Rauf replied in kind, taking 5 for 78 in Rawalpindi's second knock, but his team will still have to produce the highest total of the match if they are to complete a win.
Habib Bank Limited (HBL) managed the first-innings lead against National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, going to stumps on day two on 259 for 6 - NBP totalled 243 in their first innings. HBL's total was built on contributions through the order - Taufeeq Umar, Aftab Alam and Bilal Shafayat all made 50-something, Shafayat ending the day on 54 not out. Wahab Riaz was the pick for NBP, with 3 for 79.
Sialkot took charge of their match against Islamabad at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. The hosts had resumed the day on 19 for 3 and folded for 140 in reply to Sialkot's first-innings total of 255. Only opener Afaq Raheem and Zeeshan Mushtaq managed to get into double figures, and both players went on to make fifties. The collapse was orchestrated by Mohammad Abbas, who took 7 for 58. Sialkot then scored 95 for the loss of two wickets before stumps, to push their lead to 210.
The Abbottabad v Karachi Blues match at the National Stadium in Karachi took a similar course, with the hosts bowled out for 142 after Abbottabad made 216. None of the Karachi Blues batsmen could make more than Wajihuddin's 35, as Ikramullah Khan ripped through them for a career-best 8 for 51. The visiting batsmen then took the lead to 184 at stumps, with seven wickets in hand. Mohammad Naeem, the opening batsman, was at the crease at stumps, unbeaten on 42.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), on the back of an unbeaten ton from captain Kamran Sajid, got to 250 for 2 against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The PIA batsmen built patient innings, giving their team control of the match after ZTBL were bowled out for 178 on the first day. Sajid was given fine support by Faisal Iqbal, who went to stumps unbeaten on 95.
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) took a 160-run first-innings lead against State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) at the Marghzar Cricket Ground in Islamabad. SBP were routed for 94 in their first innings and WAPDA made 254 in response, as Aamer Sajjad, Asif Khan and Naved-ul-Hasan made half-centuries. Sajjad was the top-scorer with 75. The SBP bowlers shared the wickets around, but opening bowler Saad Altaf was the pick with four scalps. SBP's openers then played out five overs for five runs prior to stumps.
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