Haroon takes five but Sialkot gain slender lead

Karachi Blues 188 and 53 for 2 lead Sialkot 210 (Malik 53, Haroon 5-66) by 31 runs

A five-wicket haul by right-arm seamer Tariq Haroon restricted Sialkot to 210, as Karachi Blues conceded a slender lead of 22 at the National Stadium. Sialkot didn't really build on their overnight score of 40 for no loss as they lost two early wickets. They failed to come up with substantial partnerships as Haroon, Tanvir Ahmed and Azam Hussain made inroads. Adeel Malik's brisk 53 though, helped Sialkot surpass Karachi's total of 188. Haroon then mopped up the tail to finish with his fourth five-wicket haul. Karachi were in trouble early on when they lost Shahzaib Hasan for 1 and then Asim Kamal retiring hurt. They ended the day at 53 for 2 with an overall lead of 31.

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 214 for 5 (Mubeen 48) trail Habib Bank Limited 250 (Raza 102, Adil 4-71, Asad 3-73) by 36 runs

It took 26 overs on the second day for the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) bowlers to remove the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) lower order, but not before they had lost their top half by stumps at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex. But with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 53 between Usman Arshad and Yasir Shah, SNGPL looked favourites for a lead. HBL captain Hasan Raza brought up his 34th first-class hundred earlier in the day and was the mainstay of the HBL resistance. However, right-arm fast bowler Adil Raza finished one short of a well-deserved five-for while Asad Ali ended with three wickets. Though opener Mohammad Hafeez departed early in the reply, SNGPL were buoyed by a 73-run stand for the second wicket between Naeemuddin (40) and Hamza Mubeen (48). The lack of sizeable contributions left them tottering at 161 for 5, before Usman and Yasir staged a fightback.