Centurian Imran Farhat guides Baluchistan to 296-6


Karachi: Veteran batsman Imran Farhat scored his 38th First-Class century as Baluchistan ended Day 1 of the second round at 297-6 against Southern Punjab (SP) in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. 

Farhat proved his mettle once again by scoring 100 runs off 138 balls laced with 15 boundaries before leaving the field being retired hurt.

The left-handed batsman got the support of opener Imran Butt who smashed 92 runs off 171 balls including 10 boundaries to take Baluchistan to 200 runs after losing Sami Aslam for naught.

A solid foundation laid by two Imrans was later on continued by Taimur Ali who remained not out for 41 off 90 balls at stumps on opening day. The young batter struck six boundaries.

Mohammad Ilyas and Zahid Mahmood bagged two wickets each for SP.

At UBL Sports Complex, Sindh posted 245-6 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) thanks to their left-handed batsman Fawad Alam (91) and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who remained not out for 68.

After losing openers Omair Bin Yousuf and Khurram Manzoor earlier at just 12 runs, Sindh got Saud Shakeel and Asad Shafiq at the crease who raced the score of their team and took them from 12-2 to 52 before Asad departed after scoring 26. Saud made 38 off 116 balls with the help of two boundaries before throwing away his wicket to Khalid Usman.

Fawad and Sarfaraz joined hands to score 119 runs together for a fifth-wicket partnership. Fawad got run-out but Sarfaraz carried his inning till the end and remained not out with Sohail Khan (7*).

Sajid Khan bagged two for 85 runs from KPK.

In another match of Round 2, Northern bowled Central Punjab (CP) out for 159 runs. Skipper Nauman Ali finished with splendid figures of 4-55 while Raza Hasan bagged three for 27 to further dent the opposition.

From CP, Ali Zaryab was the highest run-maker with his 78-runs knock including nine boundaries and a six.

In reply, Northern managed to score 116 runs for the loss of three wickets. Umair Masood scored 36 off 62 while Umer Amin (26*) and Asif Ali (34*) remained at the crease with Northern being 43 runs behind.

Hasan Ali took two scalps and conceded 36 runs in his spell in the first inning.

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