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October 18, 2011
Peshawar opener Mohammad Fayyaz batted through the first day against Lahore Shalimar to score a career-best 198 and take his team to 328 for 3 at the Gaddafi Stadium. Lahore Shalimar used eight bowlers but all of them struggled to make an impact after Peshawar won the toss. Fayyaz added 134 for the first wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed, after which Peshawar lost two batsmen quickly and were 151 for 2. Sajjad Ahmed joined Fayyaz in a third-wicket stand of 127 that took the score to 278. Fayyaz hit 28 fours and five sixes in his 257-ball effort on the first day and went into stumps two short of a maiden first-class double-century.
Ali Waqas scored an unbeaten century to lead Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to a solid position at 273 for 4 at stumps on the first day against Karachi Whites in Karachi. SNGPL lost an early wicket after choosing to bat but Waqas and Naeemuddin, who scored 50, added 88 for the second wicket, taking the total to 120 for 2 before Naeemuddin fell. Umar Akmal then joined Waqas and blitzed 44 off 41 balls before he was stumped, a dismissal that will not please Pakistan's chief selector and coach Mohsin Khan, who wants to see Akmal play long and substantial innings. Waqas also shared a 71-run partnership with Azhar Shafiq, who made 27, for the fourth wicket to consolidate SNGPL's position. Mansoor Ahmed was Karachi's best bowler, taking 2 for 68.
Left-arm fast bowler Emmad Ali ripped through United Bank Limited's (UBL) top order to help reduce them to 218 for 9 on the first day against Lahore Ravi at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Ali dismissed the top four UBL batsmen and returned to bowl wicketkeeper Zafar Ali, who top scored with 58, and finish with figures of 5 for 41 in 23 overs. Mohammad Irfan chipped in with 2 for 40. UBL were tottering at 118 for 6 but Zafar, along with Kashif Bhatti, who made 32, helped drag to score towards 200. Lahore were also guilty of conceding 29 extras.
Hyderabad's lower order rallied after the top failed and helped their team limp to 235 for 8 against Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) at the Niaz Stadium. KRL fast bowler Rahat Ali, who finished with 4 for 33, struck twice with the new ball to reduce Hyderabad to 8 for 2. Wickets continued to fall at frequent intervals and soon Hyderabad were sinking at 142 for 6. The captain Mir Ali, however, scored 65 from No. 7 and Ghulam Yasin contributed 45 at No. 8. They had a partnership of 82 for the seventh wicket. Fast bowler Nasir Ahmed and offspinner Junaid Ilyas, who was playing his second first-class game, took two wickets apiece for KRL.
Most of Multan's top and middle-order batsmen got starts though nobody went on to make a substantial score on the first day against Quetta at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Multan lost an early wicket after being sent in but opener Najam Abbas gave the innings direction with a brisk 73 before he became one of Arun Lal's three wickets. Mohammad Waris was the only other batsman to make a half-century. Waheed Ahmed, Naved Yasin and Jahanzeb Khan all got past 20 but not past 40. Multan ended the day on 262 for 7.
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