Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Division Two, 6th round, 3rd day

Karachi Whites on course for win against Multan

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 14, 2011

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Multan were on course for another defeat, losing three second-innings wickets after following on against Karachi Whites at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex, Karachi. Faraz Ahmed and Tabish Khan picked up nine wickets between them as Multan managed 210 in reply to Karachi's 440. Jahanzeb Khan was the lone half-centurion while three other batsmen got starts but none managed more than 41. Ali Mudassar struck twice early in the second innings to leave Multan on 47 for 3, needing 183 more to avoid an innings loss.

Quetta snuck past United Bank Limited's first-innings score by four runs despite a late collapse in which they lost their last six wickets for 45 runs at the National Ground in Islamabad. United Bank reached 107 for 4 by stumps leaving a draw the likely result. Quetta started the day well placed, on 136 for 1 in response to United Bank's 273 but two early strikes by seamer Shabbir Ahmed and a run-out left them 150 for 4. Captain Taimur Ali and Ata-ur-Rehman got Quetta's innings back on track with an 82-run partnership but things began to unravel once they were dismissed. Shabbir stepped in to wipe out the tail and finish with 6 for 47, but a last-wicket stand of six runs took Quetta just past United Bank's first innings score.

Lahore Ravi were in trouble against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, ending the day on 25 for 2 after being made to follow on at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Mohammad Zohaib (59) and captain Usman Salahuddin (76) were the only ones to resist for Lahore in the first innings but the rest of the line-up caved in as Lahore were dismissed for 242, leaving a deficit of 249. Asad Ali ended with 5 for 52 and was supported by Bilawal Bhatti's three wickets. Lahore lost their openers early in the second innings, and need another 224 to make SNGPL bat again.

Twenty-one wickets fell in a chaotic day's play between Lahore Shalimar and Hyderabad at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Mir Ali took 5 for 15 in nine overs as Lahore were shot out for 79 in their second innings after having taken a lead of 82. Lahore were 19 for 6 at one stage and only an unbeaten 33 from No. 9 Ali Manzoor enabled them to set a target of 162. Asif Raza grabbed four wickets in Hyderabad's chase to leave them tottering at 74 for 6, needing another 88 to win. Hyderabad will derive hope from the effort of their last pair of Imran Chandio and Nasir Awais who added 47 in the first innings to take them to 266.

Peshawar's openers laid the platform for their chase of 302, adding 102 upfront after Khan Research Laboratories had extended their second innings to 261 at the Arbaz Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. Mohammad Fayyaz and Israrullah went briskly at the start of the chase, with Fayyaz's 55 coming off 51 balls. Though he was caught behind soon, Israrullah ended the day on an unbeaten 78 and Peshawar were 154 for 1. Yasir Arafat's unbeaten 99 had earlier taken KRL to 261 from their overnight 124 for 4. Batting with the lower order throughout, Arafat's effort gave KRL a healthy target to defend, but Peshawar's top three had knocked off more than half of the required runs by stumps.

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