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November 24, 2011
Seventeen wickets fell on day one of the Multan v Lahore Shalimar game at the Multan Cricket Stadium. After they were put in, Multan slumped to 17 for 4, before 69-run stand between Naved Yasin - who top scored with 47 - and Mohammad Ahmed steadied them briefly. However, two wickets fell on 86 and three on 110 as the side were shot out for 110. New-ball bowler Asif Raza was the destroyer in chief, taking a career-best 7 for 40. Multan's bowlers did not let the game get away from their team though, knocking over seven wickets for 89 runs in the last session. While the bowlers shared the wickets around, only Lahore Shalimar's captain, Fahad-ul-Haq, managed to get into double digits. He remained unbeaten on 48 at stumps.
Driven by an unbeaten 88 from their captain Usman Salahuddin, Lahore Ravi got to 211 for 7 against Hyderabad at the Niaz Stadium in Sind. After being asked to bat, Lahore Ravi were wobbling at 30 for 3 when Salahuddin came out to bat. He was supported briefly by Rana Adnan and Mohammad Zohaib, putting on half-century stands with both, to make sure his side got past the 200-run mark. Mir Ali was the pick of the bowlers on day one, with figures of 3 for 55.
Half-centuries from Israrullah and Akbar Badshah took Peshawar to a steady 241 for 5 against Karachi Whites at the National Stadium in Karachi. Peshawar were inserted and were steered initially by opener Israrullah, who made a fluent 61 with nine fours and a six. Captain Badshah then took over, making a patient, unbeaten 74. He was involved in an unbroken 93-run stand with the keeper, Mohammad Rizwan, when stumps was called.
A team bowling performance by Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) helped them to knock over United Bank Limited for 121 at the Lahore Cricket Association Ground. After being asked to bat, none of the KRL batsmen could manage more than opener Ali Asad's 34. The other opener, Naved Khan was caught off the first ball of the match and that set the tone for the innings. Rahat Ali was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 33 at a miserly 1.73 runs per over. Tahir Mughal managed to dismiss KRL's Ali Naqvi cheaply and Saeed Anwar jnr was run out for 27 just prior to stumps, as KRL finished with 45 for 2.
Quetta laboured to 187 for 8 against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. In keeping with the trend at the toss, SNGPL inserted Quetta, who went on to lose wickets at regular intervals. Only opener Badar Ali managed a half-century, top scoring with 56, while the only partnership of note was a 79-run stand for the sixth wicket. Mohibullah with 40 and Ata-ur-Rehman with 33 were the only other batsmen who got past 16. Legspinner Yasir Shah was the pick for SNGPL, claiming 3 for 44.
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