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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Round 5, Day 3 Northern set 293-run target for Balochistan

Saad Khan 90
Saad Khan 90

Balochistan were eight for one in pursuit of 293 against Northern to record their first win of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22.

Their captain Imran Butt (0) was bowled by Kashif Ali when Balochistan began their second innings at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium. Azeem Ghumman and Abdul Wahid Bangalzai with the scores of four and three were at the crease when stumps were called on day three.

Northern made 259 for six in 76.4 overs before declaring the innings after Muhammad Huraira and Abdul Faseeh made 65 and 94 and put 148 runs for the first wicket. With 73-ball 42, Umar Amin was the next best run-getter in the innings before he was bowled by Taj Wali, who also sent Huraira, Aamir Jamal, Mubasir Khan and Mehran Mumtaz packing to record his 17th first-class five-wicket haul. 

At the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Sindh collected four batting points, while Southern Punjab added three more points to their tally as the former declared their first innings at 350 for nine in 85 overs after taking a lead of 40.

Saad Khan, resuming the day on 54, fell 10 runs short of a century when he was dismissed by Ali Usman, who finished with four for 75. Saad added 104 runs with his captain Asad Shafiq who made 48 off 98 before he was run out.

Southern Punjab lost their opener Zain Abbas to Mir Hamza in seven overs bowled in their second innings. They were 12 for one with Tayyab Tahir and Umar Siddiq at the crease.

At the Multan Cricket Stadium, captain Ali Zaryab’s unbeaten century had given Central Punjab a 267-run lead over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Ali made 102 and smashed 14 fours from 179 balls as Central Punjab finished the day on 209 for six.

Central Punjab will be looking to add quick runs on the final day’s play before they insert Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Imran Khan Snr had Central Punjab reduced to three for three with the wickets of Imran Dogar, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Saad upfront. The pacer has taken three wickets for 42.

Earlier, his team was bowled out for 212 in 50.2 overs as Central Punjab collected five bowling points.

Scores in brief:

Northern won the toss and elected to bat against Balochistan at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

Northern 244 all out, 84.4 overs (Abdul Faseeh 47, Rohail Nazir 41, Umar Amin 37, Muhammad Huraira 33, Mehran Mumtaz 23, Aamir Jamal 22; Kashif Bhatti 5-92, Raza-ul-Hasan 2-37, Jalat Khan 2-68) and 259-6, 76.4 overs (Abdul Faseeh 94, Mohammad Huraira 65, Umar Amin 42; Taj Wali 5-47)

Balochistan 211 all out, 74.1 overs (Bismillah Khan 64, Akbar-ur-Rehman 50, Gohar Faiz 22; Raza Hasan 4-67, Mehran Mumtaz 3-80, Mubasir Khan 2-21) and 8-1, 5 overs (Kashif Ali 1-5)

Innings points – Northern 6, Balochistan 6

Toss Uncontested – Sindh opt to bowl against Southern Punjab at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Southern Punjab 310 all out, 101.3 overs (Umar Siddiq 84, Imran Rafiq 68, Umar Siddiq 61 not out, Zain Abbas 45, Yousuf Babar 36, Tayyab Tahir 24, Zia-ul-Haq 22; Sohail Khan 4-62, Tabish Khan 2-81, Mohammad Asghar 2-91) and 12-1, 7 overs (Mir Hamza 1-2)

Sindh 350-9, 85 overs (Saad Khan 90, Ahsan Ali 70, Asad Shafiq 48, Tabish Khan 29 not out, Sohail Khan 22, Mohammad Hasan 21; Ali Usman 4-75, Aamer Yamin 2-70)

Innings points – Southern Punjab 7, Sindh 7

Toss Uncontested – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa opt to bowl against Central Punjab at Multan Cricket Stadium

Central Punjab 270 all out, 88.3 overs (Mohammad Saad 98, Ahmed Shehzad 36, Imran Dogar 32, Zafar Gohar 24, Saif Badar 23, Zafar Gohar 21 not out; Sameen Gul 3-55, Asif Afridi 3-57, Imran Khan Snr 3-97) and 209-6, 60 overs (Ali Zaryab 102 not out, Junaid Ali 35, Saad Nasim 23, Zafar Gohar 20 not out)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 212 all out, 50.2 overs (Asif Afridi 61, Musadiq Ahmed 46, Asif Afridi 42 not out, Adil Amin 26, Sahibzada Farhan 24; Mohammad Ali 6-50, Waqas Maqsood 2-41)

Innings points – Central Punjab 9, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5