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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Round 9, Day 2: Balochistan's Taj Wali takes 11-for, Faizan and Umar hit centuries for Northern

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Round 9
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Round 9

Balochistan’s Taj Wali took a 11-for and Northern’s duo of Faizan Riaz and Umar Amin hit big centuries on the second day of the ninth and penultimate round Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 matches in Karachi on Monday.

Taj followed up his four for 19 with 22.15-68-7 for match figures of 11 for 87 at the UBL Sports Complex. Taj performance resulted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being bowled out for 264 in their second innings after resuming the day at 17 for two in reply to Balochistan’s first innings score of 100.

Balochistan, which had conceded a 16-run lead and were left to chase 281 for an outright win, were 38 for three when stumps were drawn for the day. Imran Butt (3), Tariq Jameel (5) and Umar Akmal (10) were the batters to be dismissed, while Shan Masood (10) and Taimur Ali 9(0) will resume Balochistan’s run-chase on Tuesday.

For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, opening batter Ashfaq Ahmed contributed 73 off 164, hitting nine fours, while Rehan Afridi, coming to bat at number-seven, returned undefeated on 48. His innings included eight fours and one six off 82 balls faced.

At the NBP Sports Complex, Northern batters Faizan Riaz and Umar Amin stitched a 308-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put their side in a commanding position against Southern Punjab. Resuming their innings at the overnight score of 54 for three, Northern finished at 421 for nine to lead Southern Punjab by 183 runs.

Faizan notched up his 13th first-class century while scoring 168 off 268 balls with 22 fours and two fours, while his partner, left-handed Umar, scored his second century of the tournament as he contributed 158 off 271 balls with 22 fours and one six.

For Southern Punjab, left-arm spinner Ali Usman picked four for 131 and fast bowlers Naseem Shah and Mohammad Ilyas picked two wickets apiece.

The match between Sindh and Central Punjab, which is being played at the State Bank of Pakistan Stadium and live-streamed on PCB’s YouTube channel, the latter declared their first innings after securing a 32-run lead over table-toppers.

At stumps, Sindh, who also declared their first innings at 155 for nine, were 147 for five in their second innings to lead by 115 runs with captain Asad Shafiq unbeaten on 56 off 88 with nine fours and Mohammad Hasan on six.

Earlier, Central Punjab resumed their first innings at 78 for three and added another 109 runs before declaring at 187 for nine. Test opener Abid Ali, who had begun the day at 45, missed his 26th first-class century by two runs when he was caught by Asad off Tabish Khan. His 174-ball innings included 13 fours.

For Sindh, Tabish and Abrar Ahmed picked three wickets each, while Sohail Khan grabbed two wickets.

Scores in brief:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Balochistan –UBL Sports Complex, Karachi

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 116 all out, 41 overs (Kamran Ghulam 31, Sajid Khan 25 not out; Taj Wali 4-19, Kashif Bhatti 4-20) and 264 all out, 82.1 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 73, Rehan Afridi 48, Mehran Ibrahim 40, Kamran Ghulam 37; Taj Wali 7-68)

Balochistan 100 all out, 26 overs (Ayaz Tasawar 22; Arshad Iqbal 4-31, Asif Afridi 2-8) and 38-3, 10.3 overs (Sameen Gull 2-18)

Points so far: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – six, Balochistan – six.

Sindh vs Central Punjab - State Bank of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi

Sindh 155-9 (declared), 52 overs (Sohail Khan 65, Fawad Alam 32; Muhammad Ali 3-20, Muhammad Saad 3-24) and 147-5, 43 overs (Asad Shafiq 56 not out, Omair Bin Yousuf 32)

Central Punjab 187-9 (declared), 58.5 overs (Abid Ali 98, Muhammad Saad 49; Abrar Ahmed 3-37, Tabish Khan 3-46, Sohail Khan 2-50)

Points so far: Sindh – three, Central Punjab – three.

Southern Punjab vs Northern - National Bank of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi

Southern Punjab 238 all out, 69.5 overs (Salman Ali Agha 142; Nauman Ali 6-104; Mubasir Khan 2-34)

Northern 421-9, 108 overs (Faizan Riaz 168, Umar Amin 158; Ali Usman 4-131, Mohammad Ilyas 2-48, Naseem Shah 2-108)

Points so far: Southern Punjab – three, Northern – nine.