Irfanullah Shah leads Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to control QeA Trophy final


Karachi: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) bowling attack, led by pacer Irfanullah Shah, helped their side to take of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final against defending champions Central Punjab (CP).

The 25-year-old 4/45 reduced CP to 212 for eight in reply to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s first innings score of 300 at stumps on Day two.

Central Punjab’s innings started poorly as openers Muhammad Akhlaq (4) and Ali Zaryab (8) were dismissed by Irfanullah and they took lunch at 29 for two.

Inform Usman Salahuddin and Mohammad Saad added 64 runs off 157 balls for the third wicket. Saad was caught behind by wicketkeeper Rehan Afridi on the score of 76. He made 26 off 79 which included three fours.

Later, KP’S captain Khalid Usman broke an important partnership of two of their top batters. Usman was dismissed for 60 off 130 balls (nine fours). Usman’s crucial wicket fell with the score at 124. Usman added 48 runs for the fourth-wicket with Saad Nasim.

Saad Nasim reached his fifth half-century of the tournament before he was sent back to the pavilion by Arshad Iqbal for 55 off 109 balls (four fours, three sixes) with Central Punjab’s total at 185.

Irfanullah took his third wicket of the day when he bowled wicketkeeper Ali Shan (9) at 205 on the board while Khalid sent back Bilawal Iqbal (1) a run later. Irfanullah took his fourth-wicket of the day when he dismissed Central Punjab captain Hasan Ali for one.

At stumps, Qasim Akram was batting on 35 off 73 balls with Ahmed Safi Abdullah unbeaten on zero. Irfanullah has taken his four wickets conceding 45 runs in 16.1 overs while Khalid’s two wickets have come in 13 overs for 29 runs.

Earlier, KP resumed the day at the overnight score of 285 for seven. They only added 15 more runs as they were wrapped up for 300 in 97.5 overs.

Zohaib Khan (30), Sameen Gul (9) and Arshad Iqbal (2) were the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa batsmen dismissed today. Hasan was the most successful Central Punjab bowler; he took four wickets for 62 runs. Waqas Maqsood finished with three for 59 runs in 21 overs.

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