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November 13, 2011
Saeed Bin Nasir scored his maiden first-class double-century to carry Karachi Whites to an imposing 440 for 7 against Multan at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi. Nasir had begun the day on 103 not out, with the score on 222 for 6. He was well-supported by the lower middle order and kicked on to hit 251, in an innings that included 32 fours and a six. Captain Akbar-ur-Rehman declared soon after Nasir got his 250, and then Tabish Khan knocked over an early wicket to complete a fine day for the hosts.
In a match that followed a similar pattern, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) declared on 491 for 8, before making early inroads against Lahore Ravi at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. For SNGPL, Usman Arshad built on the platform set by Naeemuddin on the first day, and hit a solid 158 before finally being run out. Captain Azhar Shafiq hit a half-century, while Bilawal Bhatti got a few boundaries away to set up the big total. Lahore Ravi lost Abid Ali to Asad Ali cheaply, before the other opener - Hamza Paracha - had to retire hurt, leaving the hosts in some trouble.
Irfan Haider' maiden first-class hundred in his third match carried Lahore Shalimar to 348 against Hyderabad at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Haider went from overnight score of 111 not out to 148, while Tanzeel Altaf hit a handy cameo. The Hyderabad bowlers shared the wickets around, but most of the damage on the second day was done by left-arm spinner Imran Chandio - he cleaned up the tail with three wickets. Hyderabad were in some trouble at 48 for 3, before a century stand between Rizwan Ahmed and Lal Kumar steadied them. However, the pair were dismissed in quick succession before stumps, after having made half-centuries. These strikes gave the hosts the edge going into day three, as Hyderabad still trail by 143.
Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) took an unlikely first-innings' lead against Peshawar at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar, after skittling out the hosts for 124. Peshawar had begun the day on 34 for 2 and would have been demolished for much less had it not been for opener Israrullah's patient 75. Only one other batsman got into double figures as they conceded a 40-run lead. The new-ball pair of Yasir Arafat and Rahat Ali picked up three wickets apiece, while Yasir Ali snagged four. Wickets continued to fall quickly when KRL came out for their second innings, but they managed to a relatively respectable 124 for 4 by stumps, to extend the lead to 164. Bazid Khan went to stumps three short of a half-century.
United Bank Limited (UBL) were propelled to a competitive 273 against Quetta at the National Ground in Islamabad, courtesy an unbeaten knock of 130 from Tahir Mughal. This was Mughal's maiden first-class ton - it came in his 109th match and rescued UBL from wobbly overnight score of 123 for 4. Quetta were steady in reply, getting to 136 for 1 at stumps. They lost opener Badir Ali for just 7 after he had consumed 68 deliveries, but Bismillah Khan was solid, finishing with 73 not out.
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