Karachi: Rehan Afridi scored his maiden century in this year’s Quaid-e-Azam (QeA) Trophy as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) posted a mammoth total of 380-4 against Northern on the opening day of the 10th Round here at National Stadium.
Afridi remained unbeaten for 127 runs off 167 balls with the help of 17 boundaries and three maximums. He was supported well by opener Sahibzada Farhan who smashed 62 runs off 87 balls laced with six boundaries and three sixes.
Kamran Ghulam remained not out for 53 runs.
For Northern, Sadaf Hussain, Waqas Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mubasir Khan bagged a wicket each.
Remember, KPK is at the top of the points table with 5 wins out of nine matches.
On the other hand, Usman Salahuddin scored the first century of this season as Central Punjab (CP) takes a grip over Southern Punjab (SP) by scoring 309-4 on Day 1.
Salahuddin stood frim throughout the whole day and was not out for 139 at stumps on an opening day. He smashed 20 boundaries during his stay at the crease. Ali Zaryab scored 78 runs to provide a solid start to the fourth-ranked team at the points table. Saad Nasim made 72 runs off 71 with the help of five boundaries and four sixes while Qasim Akram remained not out for 12 alongside Salahuddin.
SP’s Zahid Mehmood took two wickets and became the only fourth leg-spinner to take 50 or more wickets in a single First-Class season after Abdul Qadir, Ghaffar Kazmi & Danish Kaneria.
Balochistan also joined the 300-runs club in the 10th Round of QeA Trophy after finishing Day 1 at 314-5. Akbar ur Rehman smashed the second 100 of this season, remained not out for 125 runs off 284 balls with the help of 14 boundaries and a six.
Ayaz Tasawar made 72 runs with the help of five boundaries and three sixes while Imran Farhat and Bismillah Khan scored 42 runs each to further strengthen the score of Balochistan.
Tabish Khan took two wickets for Sindh.