Young Naseem Shah’s six-fer takes lead for Central Punjab over Sindh


Pakistan’s rising bowling star Naseem Shah bagged six wickets for Central Punjab (CP) as they reduced Sindh to 256-10 on Day three of the fifth round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Sindh, while chasing CP’s first-inning total of 313 runs, fell quite short immediately after Fawad Alam (92) and Saad Ali (81) left the crease for the sum of 223 runs. They both played brilliantly rescuing Sindh from 74-4 while putting 184 runs together in the scoreboard.

Now, CP will have the 57-run lead when they start batting in their second inning on Day 4.

On the other hand at Bugti Stadium Quetta, Baluchistan took 177-run lead over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) after getting them all out for 406 runs.

Adil Amin smashed 109 runs off 177 balls but couldn’t manage to help his team equalize the score of KP. Khalid Usman made 56 runs for KP.

Yasir Shah and Mohammad Asghar shined with the ball by bagging four wickets each for Baluchistan.

In reply, Baluchistan closed their second inning for 30-1 at stumps on Day 3. Azeem Ghumman threw his wicket to Sajid Khan after scoring 11 runs.

Moreover, Sohaib Maqsood gained his form back by scoring run-a-ball 111 runs and put Southern Punjab in commanding position against Northern’s mammoth total of 531. They closed their score for 403-8 at stumps on Day 3.

Earlier, Sami Aslam scored 100 runs off 186 to give confidence to his team despite continuous dismissals on the other hand.

Nauman Ali picked up five wickets for Northern.