Habib Bank Limited 95 for 7 (Tanvir Ahmed 5-51) trail Karachi Blues 215 (Shahzaib 67, Rehman 4-52) by 120 runs
Karachi Blues snatched the upper hand on an action-filled first day at the National Stadium in which 17 wickets went down. Habib Bank Limited seemed to have taken the initiative after rolling over Karachi for 215, but lost seven wickets cheaply to fritter the advantage.
After choosing to bat, Karachi opener Shahzaib Hasan blasted 15 fours in a near run-a-ball 67. He was the only batsman to cross 40 on the day. The only other resistance from Karachi came from a 51-run fifth-wicket stand between Asim Kamal and Wajihuddin. The rest had little clue against HBL's most successful bowler of the season, left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman, who took out four wickets to restrict Karachi.
It was another in-form bowler, medium-pacer Tanvir Ahmed, that did the damage when it was HBL's turn to bat. Tanvir ripped through the top-order to collect his eighth five-wicket haul of the season. HBL had moved to 58 for 1 before suffering a collapse, losing six for 28. As during the Karachi innings, it was an opener who defied the bowling -Taufeeq Umar remaining unbeaten on 36.
Younis Khan's return to competitive cricket, a month after walking away from the Pakistan captaincy, had grabbed most of the headlines in the lead-up to the match. However, he could do little to arrest the HBL slide, being dismissed lbw for a 14-ball 7. There was also plenty of interest in Karachi fast bowler Mohammad Sami's form after he was handed a shock recall to the national side last week. He did little of note and his figures (10-1-35-0) make particularly poor reading given that the HBL had slid to 95 for 7 in 27 overs.