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October 27, 2011
Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) collapsed to fast bowler Tabish Khan at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi, giving Karachi Whites their third win of the season, this one by 111 runs. KRL's top order had given them some hope on the third day, and they began the final day on 121 for 3 chasing 305. They only managed another 72 runs, with Tabish picking up 7 for 52 to give him 14 wickets in the match. He is now 10 wickets clear of everyone else at the top of the wicket-takers charts in Division Two.
Peshawar romped to their fourth-straight win of the season, beating United Bank Limited by 153 runs at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. Seamer Riaz Afridi took six wickets as United Bank collapsed from 91 for 2 at the start of the day to 210 all out. Facing a daunting target of 364, United Bank's Ali Asad scored a half-century at the top of the order, but once he was dismissed by Riaz, the rest of the batting crumbled with a total of five players being dismissed in single digits in the innings.
Quetta did not leave themselves enough time to bowl out Lahore Shalimar at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, and ended up taking just three points from the game for a first-innings lead. Having started the day 218 runs ahead with six wickets in hand, Quetta were in a position to get quick runs and declare early. However, they batted for 22 overs, allowing both Taimur Ali and Abid Ali to reach their centuries. By the time Abid had reached three figures, the lead was 324, but there were less than 70 overs left to bowl Lahore Shalimar out. Lahore Shalimar ended up batting 52 of those and reached 151 for 3 thanks to half-centuries from Mohammad Hamza and Adnan Raza.
Having already secured points for the first-innings lead, Lahore Ravi decided to use the final day of their match against Multan at the Gadaffi Stadium as batting practice, and Mohammad Zohaib and Usman Salahuddin both got unbeaten hundreds. It was Salahuddin's second century of the match - he scored 131 in Lahore Ravi's first-innings total of 383 - and he now has 435 runs for the season at an average of 87.00. Multan had come agonisingly close to Lahore's first-innings score, but when they fell short there was not much time in the game for Lahore to force a result. They batted through the fourth day, reaching 253 for 2 with Salahuddin finishing 116 not out and Zohaib 103 not out.
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