Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: 34 wickets fall on Day One of Seventh Round
Bowlers set the stage for three more results in the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy when 34 wickets fell on the opening day of the seventh round fixtures, which commenced here in Karachi.
Irfanullah Shah took five for 33 and Sajid Khan grabbed three for 66 to justify Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Khalid Usman’s decision to take the option of bowling first at the State Bank Stadium when they combined to bowl out fifth-placed Sindh for 229 inside 82 overs.
Asad Shafiq was Sindh’s top-scorer with a 111-ball 60 with nine fours, while opener Sharjeel Khan slapped nine fours and a six in a 78-ball 57.
When play ended early due to fading light, second-placed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had reached five for no loss.
At the UBL Sports Complex, Hasan Ali continued to impress with his fitness when he inspired bottom-placed Central Punjab to dismiss leaders Northern for 243 in 57 overs.
Hasan Ali, who has missed international cricket this calendar year due to injuries, returned figures of 15-2-48-4 and was well supported by Bilawal Iqbal (three for 91) and Ahmed Safi Abdullah (two for 31).
After electing to bat first and slipping to 63 for five, Northern were first rescued by a 97-run sixth wicket stand between Mohammad Nawaz (50, 6x4, 97b) and Hammad Azam (47) before Asif Ali’s whirlwind 39-ball 72 knock, comprising nine fours and five sixes, lifted Northern to 243.
At the draw of stumps, Central Punjab had reached 49 for no loss from 23 overs.
In front of the broadcast cameras at the National Stadium, 14 wickets fell on day one of the four-day match between third-placed Southern Punjab and fourth-placed Balochistan.
Electing to bat first, a 62-run last-wicket partnership between Zahid Mahmood (45) and Zia-ul-Haq (16 not out) carried Southern Punjab from 194 for nine to 256 all out in 79.5 overs with other notable contributions coming from Salman Ali Agha (50) and Zain Abbas (40).
Wickets were evenly shared between Balochistan bowlers Taj Wali (three for 66), Umaid Asif (two for 35), Jalat Khan (two for 64) and Kashif Bhatti (two for 90).
However, Southern Punjab hit back hard when Aamir Yamin produced a sensational last-session spell to leave Balochistan tottering at 16 for four. Aamir grabbed three for four in four overs, while Mohammad Ilyas picked up one wicket.
Scores in brief (day 1 of four, round seven)
At State Bank Stadium, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elected to bowl (toss uncontested) against Sindh
Sindh 229 all out, 81.2 overs (Asad Shafiq 60, Sharjeel Khan 57; Irfanullah Shah 5-33, Sajid Khan 3-66)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5-0, 3.5 overs
Points to date: Sindh 1 (batting), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5 (all bowling)
At UBL Sports Complex, Northern won the toss against Central Punjab and elected to bat first
Northern 243 all out, 57 overs (Asif Ali 72, Mohammad Nawaz 50, Hammad Azam 47, Umar Amin 29; Hasan Ali 4-48, Bilawal Iqbal 3-91, Ahmed Safi Abdullah 2-31)
Central Punjab 49-0, 23 overs
Points to date: Northern 1 (batting), Central Punjab 5 (all bowling)
At the National Stadium, Southern Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first against Balochistan
Southern Punjab 256 all out, 79.5 overs (Salman Ali Agha 50, Zahid Mahmood 45, Zain Abbas 40, Saif Babar 24, Mohammad Imran 24; Taj Wali 3-66, Umaid Asif 2-35, Jalat Khan 2-64, Kashif Bhatti 2-90)
Balochistan 16-4, 7.2 overs (Aamir Yamin 3-4)
Points to date: Southern Punjab 3 (two batting, one bowling), Balochistan 4 (all bowling)
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