Karachi: Befitting centuries by Sarmad Bhatti and Hammad Azam gave Northern a firm grip over Sindh in the third round first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture at the UBL Sports Complex.
Northern posted a mammoth 423-run target while Sindh lost their three wickets for 77 runs at stumps on Day 3.
Sarmad scored a brilliant 108 as the left-handed batsman recorded his fourth first-class century. He smashed 13 fours and two sixes in his 226-ball innings.
Sarmad partnered with all-rounder Hammad Azam and posted 156-run stand for the sixth wicket. Hammad made an unbeaten 120-ball 100. He strokes 12 fours and three sixes. Last year’s runners-up declared their second innings at 311 for six.
Sindh lost their three key batsmen Khurram Manzoor (15), Sharjeel Khan (12) and Asad Shafiq (1) early in the chase. At stumps, Saud Shakeel was batting at 46. Aamer Jamal, Nauman Ali and Mohammad Nawaz picked a wicket each. Sindh requires 346 more runs, while Northern are seven wickets away.
In the broadcast match, played at the National Stadium. Balochistan managed to score 170/7 by the close of play with Kashif Bhatti, who scored a fighting unbeaten half-century in the first innings, and Usama Mir not out on two and one respectively.
Balochistan’s Ali Waqas and Taimur Ali were the notable run-getters, scoring 39 and 34 respectively. while all-rounder Amad Butt followed up his career-best innings figures of six for 57 with a 50-ball 26. For CP, Waqar Maqsood and Ehsan Adil picked two wickets each.
The 25-year-old Amad allowed Central Punjab to add only 47 runs to their overnight score of 204 for six. The right-arm pacer took all of Central Punjab’s remaining wickets and recorded his career’s fifth five-wicket haul.
In the third match played at the National Bank Sports Complex, Southern Punjab needs 250 runs to claim their third straight win of the tournament. SP were 13/0 in five overs at stumps.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Musadiq Ahmed (86) and wicketkeeper-batsman Rehan Afridi (51) helped KP to post 246 all out in the second innings in the match
SP batted for 7.3 overs after resuming the day at 257/6 as off-spinner Sajid Khan removed all the remaining four batsmen. KP were dismissed for 288.
Sajid Khan finished with figures of six for 71 to record his second five-wicket haul of the tournament and fifth overall while Pakistan regular Mohammad Abbas picked up four wickets for 39 runs to finish the match with 10 more wickets in his account.