Bowlers bring Central Punjab back in the game


Karachi: Waqas Maqsood bagged four while Hasan Ali took three wickets as Central Punjab (CP) restricted Sindh to 239-10 to make a convincing comeback in the first round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. 

Resuming at 196-6 in reply of 207-10 on a sunny day at National Stadium, Sindh looked composed with Fawad Alam batting at 90 and Tabish Khan supporting him at 17 not-out. The left-handed batsman scored 35th First-Class century to prove his mettle once again but Waqas bagged him to bring much-needed breakthrough for his team. Fawad walked off after scoring 90 runs off 182 runs laced with nine boundaries.

Tabish scored 24 runs off 139 balls before throwing away wicket to Hasan who finished his bowling spell at 3-40 following his comeback after recovering from injury.

CP were 32 runs behind when their openers Ahmed Shahzad and Ali Zaryab came to bat. The duo managed to score just 6 runs together as Ali threw his wicket to Mohammad Umar after scoring 4. Ahmed was stunned with a splendid delivery from Asghar which thrashed the stumps to send the right-hander back to the pavilion. He scored 19 runs off 63 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Azhar Ali managed to add 29 off 54 before giving away wicket to Asghar who bagged two wickets in quick successions to help Sindh remain in the game. Usman Salahuddin (35*) and Mohammad Saad (26*) were batting as CP closed day 3 at 120-4 with a lead of 88 runs.

Umar and Asghar bagged two wickets each for Sindh.

In another match of round 1 at UBL Sports Complex, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) need 280 more runs on the last day to win the first match in the tournament. Baluchistan declared their inning at 217-8 with setting a target of 413 runs. Sami Aslam scored 48 runs while Taimoor Ali and Yasir Shah notched 41 runs each.

In reply, KP suffered pressure of losing the wickets as both their openers Israrullah and Sahibzada Farhan walked back at the sum of 25. Kamran Ghulam contributed 51 runs off 101 balls with the help of five boundaries. Adil Amin (56*) and Khalid Usman (0*) remained not out at stumps on day 3.

Kashif Bhatti bagged two wickets for 42 runs.

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