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October 25, 2011
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) knocked over Hyderabad for 97, at the Niaz Stadium in Sind, courtesy a six-wicket haul from their new-ball bowler Bilawal Bhatti. Bhatti ripped through Hyderabad's top order; at one stage, they were tottering at 29 for 8, before a 68-run stand between Ghulam Yasin and Nasir Awais took them to 97. While none of the SNGPL batsmen could build on their starts in the reply, cameos from most of the top order helped them to a 77-run lead, with six wickets in hand at stumps.
Saeed Bin Nasir struck a century to take Karachi Whites to 242 for 8 against Khan Research Laboratories (KRL), at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi. KRL inserted Karachi Whites and made early inroads as none of the batsmen, barring Nasir, could get going. They reduced Karachi Whites to 136 for 6, before Nasir found an able partner in Faraz Ahmed. The pair added a hundred runs, but were dismissed before stumps as KRL fought back, removing both batsmen in quick succession. Rahat Ali, a left-arm quick, was the wrecker-in-chief - he took 5 for 59 in his 19 overs.
Lahore Ravi put on a steady batting performance against Multan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, scoring 280 for 5 on the first day of the fourth round. Their innings was built around captain Usman Salahuddin, who remained unbeaten on 125 at stumps. While most of the other batsmen wasted starts, wicketkeeper Mohammad Zohaib lent him fine support, with an unbeaten half-century. The pair will look to pile on the runs on day two.
Badar Ali made a patient, unbeaten 98 to carry Quetta to 212 for 6 against Lahore Shalimar at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Apart from the opener, Ali, Lahore Shalimar made short work of Quetta's top order. New-ball bowler Asif Raza, the pick of the Lahore Ravi bowlers on the day, made early inroads as Quetta was reduced to 85 for 5. But Taimur Khan, batting at No. 7, hit a half-century to bolster the score. He was out just prior to stumps, but Ali stayed firm and will look to push on, on Wednesday.
United Bank Limited (UBL) had the better of the first day against hosts Peshawar at the Arbab Niaz Stadium. United Bank asked Peshawar to bat and then bowled them out for 260, before their openers, Ali Asad and Saeed Mutabbir, took them to 63 for 0 at stumps. That Peshawar managed to get past 250 was in main due to an unbeaten century from their captain Akbar Badshah. Badshah hit 103, a knock studded with 18 fours and a six. Most of the damage with the ball was done by fast bowlers Shabbir Ahmed and Tahir Mughal, who picked up eight wickets between them.
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