Asim Kamal narrowly missed out on a ninth first-class century as Habib Bank Limited were bowled out for 315 by the combined side of North West Frontier Province-Baluchistan on the first day of their Pentagular Cup match at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi.
Kamal was bowled at 95 by Nasir Jalil who ended the day with 3 for 89 from almost 20 overs. Along with Humayun Farhat who made 56, Kamal added 76 runs for the sixth wicket. Aftab Alam (33) and Sajid Shah (44*) also chipped in with useful scores.
Shah contributed with the ball as well giving Habib Bank the advantage when he trapped opener Fawad Khan leg before with his right-arm fast-medium bowling as NWFP-Baluchistan closed at 14 for 1.
Through half-centuries by Atif Ali (63) and Rizwan Ahmed (83*) Sind plodded to 281 for 7 against Khan Research Laboratories at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Mohammad Irshad, KRL's right-arm fast-medium bowler, gave his side an early breakthrough when he dismissed Sind opener Agha Sabir with the score at one. But then Wajihuddin and Ali steadied the ship with a 79-run partnership. Irshad got 2 for 38 while Saeed Ajmal, an offbreak bowler, took 3 for 29. Rizwan was batting alongside Tanvir Ahmed who had made 36 when stumps were drawn.