Talat scores maiden double hundred as SP takes 342-runs lead over Northern


Karachi: Southern Punjab’s top-order batsman Hussain Talat smashed his maiden double-century to guide his team to take 342-runs lead over Northern in first round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020-21. 

The left-handed batsman smashed 33 boundaries and six maximums to score 253 runs to lead his team from the front. On the other end, skipper Shan Masood held the bowlers tight and smashed 134 runs off 185 deliveries with the help of 17 boundaries.

The left-handed duo scored 185 runs together to put a solid second-wicket stand against the opposition at National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Sports Complex.

Opener Umar Siddique contributed 40 while Bilawal Bhatti notched 31 runs off 44 balls including three boundaries and a six.

Nauman Ali bagged four wickets while Athar Mahmood took three scalps for Northern.

In reply, Northern closed day 2 at 31-3 with Faizan Riaz (1) and Asif Ali (3) being not out. Mohammad Abbas bagged two wickets and Salman Ali Agha took one to restrict the opponents on the second day.

Now, SP is leading the match by 311 runs.

At National Stadium Karachi, defending champion Central Punjab held Sindh to 196-6. In reply of CP’s 207-10, Sindh were off to a decent start with Khurram Manzoor and Omair Bin Yousuf who scored 39 runs together but back-to-back wickets off Waqas Maqsood put the batting side under pressure.

Omair got out for 12 runs while Saud Shakeel walked off for naught. Asad Shafiq made 8 runs while Khurram fell to Ehsan Adil after scoring 35 off 104 balls.

Sindh were 113-6 when Fawad Alam came in and rescued them with his unbeaten (90* off 182 balls). The left-handed batsman struck seven boundaries while took Tabish Khan (17*) along with him as Sindh closed day 2 at 196-6. Waqas and Ahmed Bashir bagged two wickets each.

Earlier, Ahmed Shahzad (69) and Mohammad Saad (51) guided CP to 207-10 in first inning. Tabish’s fifer helped Sindh restrict the opponents.

In another match in first round, Baluchistan took a 229-runs lead over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) after bowling them out for 167 runs. Khurram Shahzad (5-27) and Yasir Shah (4-94) helped Baluchistan restrict KP in reply of 362-10.

Baluchistan closed day 2 at 34-1 with Sami Aslam (15) and Khurram Shahzad (4) being not out. Imran Butt of Baluchistan got run-out for 11 runs.