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December 15, 2011
Sohail Tanvir and Junaid Zia made State Bank of Pakistan follow-on against Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad. The duo picked up nine wickets between them as State Bank were shot out for 112 in reply to ZTBL's 263. Mohtashim Ali (44) was the only batsman to resist for State Bank as they crumbled in 32.4 overs. They lost three second-innings wickets for 62, ending the day still needing another 89 to make ZTBL bat again. Mohammad Ali had earlier ended with 7 for 59, taking the last three wickets as ZTBL added only seven runs to their overnight score of 256 for 7.
Mir Azam's maiden first-class century put Abbottabad in control against Rawalpindi at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium despite debutant medium-pacer Mohammad Ahsan's seven wickets. Abottabad began on 73 for 2 in reply to Rawalpindi's 215. Azam played an attacking innings, hammering 22 fours in his 133 off only 110 balls as Abbottabad surged to 250 for 3 at one stage. Ahsan ensured they did not pile on a huge lead, running through the lower order to end with 7 for 119 on debut. Rawalpindi, facing a deficit of 94, lost four wickets in the second innings for 136, an overall lead of only 42.
Mohammad Imran took five wickets to blow Faisalabad away after Sialkot ended their first innings on 452 at the Jinnah Stadium. Prince Abbas made the early breakthroughs, striking twice before Imran took over to have Faisalabad reeling on 27 for 5. Mohammad Salman and Nabeel Malik got Faisalabad past 100 but could not carry on for long. Faisalabad ended on 153 for 8, trailing by one short of 300. Shehzad Malik (74) and the Sialkot lower order had earlier made the Faisalabad bowlers toil. Prince Abbas was unbeaten on 41 while last man Imran contributed 20 as the tenth wicket added 47.
Ahmed Shehzad led an improved batting performance by Habib Bank as they ended on 245 for 6 in their second innings against Pakistan International Airlines at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Shehzad (81) put on a century opening stand with Shan Masood after PIA took a first-innings lead of 56 earlier in the day. Akhtar Waheed, though, triggered a middle-order collapse as five wickets fell for five runs. At 121 for 5, Habib Bank were in deep trouble but captain Hasan Raza resisted with an unbeaten 58 and his partnership with Fahad Masood took Habib Bank past 200. PIA had earlier folded up for 184 with Masood ending with 4 for 56.
Afaq Raheem set Islamabad on their way to taking a comfortable first-innings lead over Karachi Blues at the National Stadium. Replying to Karachi's 264, Raheem shrugged off the loss of his opening partner Umair Khan for a duck as he proceeded to hit 13 fours in his 94. Imad Wasim and Zohaib Ahmed chipped in with contrasting half-centuries as well. Wasim was subdued in his 60 off 130 deliveries while Zohaib clattered 12 fours in making 66 off 68. Though Azam Hussain struck thrice, Islamabad ended the day in front at 301 for 6 after Nasrullah Khan's four wickets had kept Karachi to 264.
Wahab Riaz made 84, his highest first-class score, to stretch , National Bank of Pakistan's innings to 358 against Water and Power Development Authority at the Gaddafi Stadium. National Bank had started the day on 274 for 7 with Qaiser Abbas on 84 and Riaz on 28. While Abbas was dismissed soon after completing his century, Riaz smashed nine boundaries in his 84 off 134 balls before he was bowled by Imranullah Aslam to end the innings. WAPDA lost Asif Khan early but Rafatullah Mohmand put them on track. He hit 13 boundaries and put on 78 for the third wicket with Aamer Sajjad. National Bank ended the day on a high when Mohmand was dismissed by Qaiser Abbas off the last ball for 94 with the score on 186.
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