Karachi Blues sink to 188 all out

A round-up of the first day's play of the first round of the RBS Pentangular Cup

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Sialkot 40 for 0 trail Karachi Blues 188 (Mansoor 60*, Prince 4-32) by 148 runs
Less than two weeks after clinching the Quaid-e-Azam trophy at the National Stadium, Karachi Blues were jolted by Sialkot at the same ground on the opening day of the Pentangular Cup. Pakistan's champion team would have folded for an even lower score had it not been for an unbeaten 60 from wicketkeeper Javed Mansoor, who slammed 10 fours in his 63-ball effort. Karachi were tottering at 118 for 8 after losing wickets in two bursts: their first three for two runs from 36 for 0, and then five for 28 from 90 for 3. Sialkot's trio of medium-pacers did all the damage - Prince Abbas scalping four, while the new-ball pair of Bhilawal Bhatti and Naved Arif taking three each. Sialkot's good day continued when they came out to bat as their openers carted 40 runs from six overs before stumps.
Habib Bank Limited 189 for 5 (Raza 73*) v Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
It was a less eventful day at the National Bank of Pakistan sports complex where the Quaid-e-Azam losing finalists, Habib Bank Limited, fought back from a poor start against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited. HBL had been bowled out for 195 and 66 in the final against Karachi, and a similarly inept batting performance looked on the cards when they slipped to 34 for 3. That included the wicket of Younis Khan, whose dreadful form continued in domestic cricket, falling for a 23-ball 9. It was left to captain Hasan Raza and Khaqan Arsal (33) to remedy the situation with a 58-run fifth wicket stand. After Arsal was bowled by Imran Ali, Raza stitched another steady partnership, this time an unbroken 56-run effort with Kamran Hussain for the sixth wicket.