Imran Khalid century puts SNGPL in the driving seat
A century from Imran Khalid helped Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) take complete control of their game against Hyderabad at the Niaz Stadium in Sind. SNGPL amassed 461 for 7, with Khalid making an unbeaten 101. He was well supported by Khurram Shehzad, who made 91, and Jahanzeb Abdullah, who made an attacking 84 from 81 balls, with ten fours. Having taken a first-innings lead of 364, SNGPL then made early inroads into Hyderabad's second-innings, as Bilawal Bhatti picked up two more wickets and Adil Raza one to leave their opponents all but defeated on 32 for 3, still trailing by 332 runs.
New-ball bowler Tabish Khan picked up seven wickets as Karachi Whites knocked over Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) for 122 at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi, giving them a first-innings lead of 138. Karachi then extended that lead to 172 for the loss of two second-innings wickets. Tabish took three of the first four wickets to fall to reduce KRL to 42 for 4. He also claimed three of the last four wickets to fall to end up with figures of 7 for 38 from 22 incisive overs.
Peshawar took an 87-run first-innings lead over United Bank Limited (UBL) at the Arbab Niaz Stadium, thanks to left-arm spinner Noor-ul-Amin's five wicket haul. Having started the day on 63 for 0, UBL had progressed to 112 for 2 when ul-Amin had Saad Sukhail caught for 21 and that triggered a collapse that resulted in UBL losing their last eight wickets for 61 runs. Peshawar were in a little bit of trouble in their second innings at 40 for 2, but recovered to 115 for 3, with Sajjad Ahmed unbeaten on 40, to stretch their lead to 202.
Opener Mohammad Ahmed led Multan to 162 for 2 in reply to Lahore Ravi's first-innings total of 383 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The hosts' Usman Salahuddin could only add six to his overnight 125 but wicketkeeper Mohammad Zohaib kept the innings ticking, narrowly missing out on his century when he was caught off the bowling of Haziq Habibullah for 97, but ensuring his side posted a healthy score. Ahmed led Multan's response with a well-crafted 90 not out, adding 89 runs with Naved Yasin, who is on 39.
Quetta held the upper hand over Lahore Shalimar at the Lahore City Association Ground thanks to an incisive bowling performance. Having begun the day on 212 for 6, Quetta lost Badar Ali early edging a delivery from Imran Talib to the keeper when on 99, having added just one to his overnight score, but a last wicket partnership of 51 between Gohar Faiz and Shahzaib Ahmed pushed their score to 276. Lahore Shalimar lost early wickets before captain Fahad-ul-Haq and Adnan Raza steadied the innings, taking their team to 154 for 3 before Raza fell for 31. His wicket started a mini-collapse, with three more wickets falling for the addition of 30 runs. At stumps, Lahore were 183 for 7, with ul-Haq on 57.