Southern Punjab clinches Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Second XI tournament


Southern Punjab (SP) beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on the basis of first-inning lead in the final to win the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Second XI tournament at State Bank Ground, Karachi on Friday.

While chasing 484 runs to win, KP fought hard but couldn’t acclimatize properly and managed to get 379-7 on the scoreboard at stumps on the last day.

Mohammad Mohsin top-scored for KP with 123 runs off 163 balls laced with 11 boundaries and two maximums. Musadiq Ahmed scored 50 runs while Khusdil Shah marked 45-ball 51 runs knock.

Zulfiqar Babar, who took five wickets in the first inning, bowled strongly this time around too and bagged the highest three wickets.

Earlier, resuming the second inning with a lead of 150 runs, SP posted 333 more runs on the leaderboard. Tayyab Tahir recorded his second century of the match by scoring 106 runs off 242 balls. Mohammad Imran made a mark with a top knock of 113 runs.

For KP, Asif Afridi bagged four scalps while Irfanullah Shah managed three wickets.

KP fell for 219 runs in reply to SP’s first-inning total of 369-5.