Innings wins for Islamabad, Karachi Whites and Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi thrashed Karachi Blues by an innings and 140 runs to continue leading the table with the help of left-arm pacer Nasir Malik's 11 wickets in the match. Their batting was led by a hundred from Awais Zia (123) which gave them a huge first-innings lead.
Karachi started well with Naved Khan (48) and Abdul Jabbar (85) but only one more batsman, Faraz Ahmed (43), managed a decent score to lead them to 266. Nasir was not economical but his five wickets restricted Karachi's score. Rawalpindi put on a massive 457 with fifties from Babar Naeem (78), Muzammil Nizam (56) and handy contributions from the tail. Still trailing by 191, Karachi were dismantled by Haseeb Azam (4 for 25) and Nasir (6 for 17), who finished with his career-best match figures, to be routed for 51, an innings which included six ducks.
A maiden double-hundred from Faizan Riaz and bowling efforts from medium-pacers Shehzad Azam and Mudassar Ali gave Islamabad an innings win against Quetta in Islamabad to move to third place in Group II.
Put in to bat, Riaz's unbeaten 256 charged Islamabad to 444 for 8, which they declared on. Quetta managed only 208 as Azam took 5 for 63, and were made to follow-on. Still trailing by 236, they were demolished for a paltry 99 in the second attempt, with Mudassar taking 4 for 7 to finish the match with more than a day to spare.
Mir Hamza's 10-wicket haul and hundreds from Saad Ali (101) and Faheem Ahmed (105*) helped Karachi Whites to an innings win against Multan in Karachi, which continued Karachi's lead at the top of the table.
Asked to bat, Multan had only four batsmen reaching double figures, Ahad Raza top-scoring with 47, to reach a total of 115, as Hamza (5 for 31) ran through their tail. Karachi got a shaky start but took a massive lead of 357 runs with the help of Saad and a ninth wicket stand between Faheem and Khurram Shahzad (82). Multan's batting performance hardly got any better as they tallied 142 in their second attempt and Hamza troubled their top and middle order this time. Aamer Yamin resisted with 61 but could not avoid the big loss.