ZTBL will look to avoid an innings-defeat against Karachi Blues after they were reduced to 174 for six, being asked to follow-on at the National Stadium. Mohammad Sami claimed four for 31, to go with his two wickets in the first-innings, as ZTBL still trailed by 34 runs.
Imran Nazir made 54 and Zohaib Khan was unbeaten on 62 to give ZTBL a ray of hope after they were bundled out for 192 in response to Karachi’s score of 400 in the first-innings.
Match heads towards draw
SBP led by 36 against Sialkot as the match headed towards a draw at the Jinnah Stadium. Sialkot responde with a total of 358 in the first-innings after SBP posed 341.
PIA get batting practice
PIA gained a healthy lead of 309 at stumps on the third day of play against Rawalpindi as Kamran Sajid and Shaharyar Ghani continued their good run in the tournament. Sajid made 63 while Ghani remained not out on 58 as PIA reached 185 for two after gaining a first-innings lead of 124. Rawalpindi were earlier bowled out for 224, courtesy Ali Imran Pasha’s five-for.
HBL look to avoid defeat
HBL, chasing a monumental total of 389, were 43 for no loss against Abbottabad when day three ended. Abbottabad, who made 272 in the first-innings and restricted HBL to a paltry 156, were earlier bowled out for 250 with Danish Kaneria claiming five for 106 in the second-innings.
Islamabad display improved show
Islamabad improved on their first-innings show by managing 305 for nine with Umair Khan hitting 79 against NBP. Uzairul Haq claimed four for 98 as Islamabad led by 292 runs with the match headed to its final day.
Wapda impress in pursuit of huge total
Aamir Sajjad and all-rounder Rana Navedul Hasan helped Wapda reach 205 for three as the team attempted to chase down a tough 359-run total to beat Faisalabad.
Sajjad was 53 not out and Naved made an unbeaten 57 after Faisalabad were bundled out for 174 in the second-innings to set a massive target.
Imran Khan claimed five for 57 to help Wapda, who were bowled out for 133 in their first-innings in response to Faisalabad’s 217.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2011.
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