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December 3, 2011
Peshawar needed just 25.5 overs on the fourth day to complete their victory over Quetta at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, who will be Peshawar's opponents in the December 8-12 final, had won their game on the third day but it is Peshawar who finish the league stage in top spot. Peshawar needed another six wickets on the final day and left-arm seamer Waqar Ahmed ripped through Quetta, finishing with a career-best 8 for 96. Mohibullah scored 70 for Quetta but he was one of only three batsmen to reach double digits in the innings. Waqar's eight-wicket haul means he finishes the group stage second on the list of wicket-takers, with 51 in nine games.
Karachi Whites needed even less time in their game, taking 15.5 overs to bowl out Lahore Shalimar and win at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi. Despite a bizarre decision from Karachi not to enforce the follow-on and then declare four overs into their second innings, they started the final day with five wickets needed to win. Babar Rehman did most of the damage on the fourth day and Lahore Shalimar were bowled out for 132. Karachi finish the season in third position while Lahore Shalimar finish second last.
For the second season in a row Multan have finished without a single point, after they lost by an innings and 75 runs to Hyderabad at the Bahawal Stadium in Bahawalpur. Last season they went winless in Division One and this season they have not been able to show any improvement despite playing in the second division. Hyderabad needed seven more wickets to beat Multan on the final day and they took 28.3 overs to do it, with seamer Mir Ali taking a five-wicket haul. Multan slumped to 122 for 9 and despite a contribution of 38 from No. 11 Shahbaz Hussain were skittled for 176.
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