Fayyaz hits maiden double-century
Mohammad Fayyaz's maiden first-class double-century steered Peshawar to an imposing 556 for 8 against Lahore Shalimar, at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Fayyaz resumed on 198, and moved to 243, after which the lower order took charge. Wicketkeeper Gauhar Ali struck 92 off 94 balls, while No. 9 batsman Sajjad Ahmed made a run-a-ball 51 to take Peshawar past 550 in quick time. Lahore's reply was off to a poor start, with Riaz Afridi bowling opener Ahmed Dar for a duck. Afridi struck again to reduce Lahore to 38 for 2, before Mohammad Hamza and Adnan Raza dropped anchor and took their side to 101 for 2 at stumps.
An unbroken 50-run partnership between Bazid Khan and Mohammad Idrees made sure honours were shared between Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) and Hyderabad on day two of their match at the Niaz Stadium in Sind. Earlier in the day Ghulam Yasin had pushed on from his overnight score of 45 to his maiden first-class half-century and looked set for more, but ran out of partners as Hyderabad finished with 270. Left-arm bowler Rahat Ali was the pick with the ball, claiming 4 for 43. KRL then experienced a bit of a wobble in their innings, going from 83 for 1 to 123 for 4, before Bazid and Idrees took charge. Bazid went to stumps not out on 74, and KRL will be hoping he converts that into a big score on day three to give them the first innings lead.
Lahore Ravi wrapped up United Bank Limited's (UBL) innings early on day two and then, steered by captain Usman Salahuddin, took a slim first-innings lead at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Fast bowler Aamer Hayat took the final UBL wicket with his second ball of the morning, to end the innings on 218. In reply the hosts were in trouble at 5 for 2, before Salahuddin steadied them with a patient 82. The rest of the line-up got into double digits, but could not push on. The second-highest score for Lahore Ravi came from Hayat. Batting at No. 10, he scored a brisk 38 to put his side 26 runs ahead and went to stumps undefeated.
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), driven by Ali Waqas and Usman Arshad, consolidated their position against hosts Karachi Whites at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex. The pair was unbeaten overnight, with Waqas batting on 120 and Arshad on 9. They went on to string together a 131-run stand for the fifth wicket, with Waqas registering a career-best 175. Once they were separated though, Karachi ran through the tail - the last four wickets fell for seven runs. Fast bowler Tabish Khan and legspinner Mansoor Ahmed finished with four wickets apiece. SNGPL's new-ball pair then picked up three wickets in the final session to give their side the edge, as Karachi went to stumps at 112 for 3.
Quetta's opening batsmen put on a solid show to give their team the upper hand against Multan at the Multan Cricket Stadium. New-ball fast bowler Arun Lal picked up two of the three remaining Multan wickets on the second morning to complete a five-for and keep the hosts to 304. Bismillah Khan and Abdullah Jan then put on a 142-run opening stand to set a solid platform for Quetta. A half-century second-wicket partnership followed, with Lal coming good with the bat as well. Multan struck once more just prior to stumps, but Quetta ended the day on top, trailing by 98 with eight wickets in hand.