Sialkot win thriller by one wicket
Sialkot won a thriller against Abbottabad by one wicket at the Gohati Cricket Stadium in Swabi, thanks to a 20-run ninth-wicket partnership between Prince Abbas and Mohammad Imran. Prince Abbas was run out with the scores level, but No. 11 Mohammad Abbas got a single off the second ball he faced to seal victory for Sialkot. In a low-scoring game, Sialkot had been set 164 to win and lost early wickets to seamer Ahmed Jamal. Jawad Ahmed scored 31 and captain Mansoor Amjad got 36 but Jamal completed a five-for to keep Abbottabad favourites. Amjad shared a 41-run stand with Prince Abbas to take Sialkot to 143 for 7 but once he was dismissed it took a gutsy show from the tail to give Sialkot the win. Abbottabad will rue the 24 extras they conceded, 18 of which were byes.
The match between Habib Bank Limited and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) at the Gaddafi Stadium swung sharply on the third day and ended with WAPDA needing 181 more runs to win with nine wickets in hand. WAPDA had started the day poised to take the first-innings lead but lost four wickets for 30 runs in the morning to concede a lead of 12 runs. Seamer Imran Khan then ripped through HBL, taking 9 for 77 to bowl them out for 178. Shan Masood's 45 at the top of HBL's innings had helped them get to 80 for 2 but Imran caused them to slip rapidly. That left WAPDA with a target of 191 and they lost a wicket in the five overs they had to play at the end of the third day.
A five-wicket haul from seamer Shehzad Azam helped Islamabad complete a 130-run victory over Faisalabad in a low-scoring match at the Diamond Club Ground. Despite having been bowled out for 169 on the first day, Islamabad had managed a first-innings lead and had set Faisalabad 255 to win. Faisalabad started the third day on 32 for 1 and were shot out for 124. Only five batsmen reached double figures as Azam and the other seamers ripped through the Faisalabad line-up.