Third round: Results in sight on all venues

By Muhammad Asif Khan - November 8, 2020

Karachi: Results are very much possible on all three venues as the third round of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy is getting to a close in Karachi.

In the encounter, at the NBP sports complex, Southern Punjab need 250 more runs while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa require 10 wickets for victory in the third round match of the ongoing first-class Quaid-e-Azam trophy. Southern Punjab’s Mukhtar Ahmed (8) and Zeeshan Ashraf (4) will resume their innings on the final day. Khyber Pakhtunkha set Southern Punjab a target of 263 runs.

Earlier, commencing their second innings with 16-run lead, KP, on the third day, bundled out for 246 runs.Opener Musaddiq Ahmed topped the KP batting chart with 86 while Rehan Afridi (51) and Zohaib Khan (40) added valuable 77 runs for the 6th wicket stand. SP’s fast bowler Mohammad Abbas bagged 4 wickets in the second innings to stretch his match tally to 10.

In reply to KP’s 304, Southern Punjab, in their first innings reached 288 runs. Hussain Tallat played a brilliant hand of 131, while Mohammad Irfan made 73. KP’s off-spinner Sajid Khan siphoned off 6 wickets for 71 runs.

At the UBL sports complex, by the end of the third day’s play, Sindh are in a fix against Northern by losing 3 wickets for 77, chasing 423 runs. Northern, with an upper hand, need 7 more wickets while Sindh still require 346-run for a win. Sindh have so far lost openers Khurram Manzoor (15), Sharjeel Khan (12) and Asad Shafiq (1). Saud Shakeel, on 46, will restart the Sindh’s innings on the final day.

Earlier, with a 111-run lead, Northern accumulated 311/6 runs, courtesy a 156-run stand between centurians Sarmad Bhatti (108) and Hammad Azam (100*). Left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar claimed 2 wickets. In their first innings, replying to Northern’s 328, Sindh got out on 217 runs. Northern’s skipper Nauman Ali bagged a 5-fer with Waqas Ahmed getting 4 wickets.

At the NSK, Balochistan and Central Punjab are on an even ground by the end of the third day’s proceedings. Balochistan, in their second innings secured a 225-run lead thus far with 3 wickets to spare.

Balochistan, after starting their second innings with the upper hand of 55 runs, scored 170/7 with Kashif Bhatti (2) and Usama Mir (1) are still in the middle. Ali Waqas (39) and Taimur Ali (34) were prominent scorers for Balochistan.

Central Punjab’s Waqas Maqsood and Ehsan Adil secured 2 wickets each. Earlier, replying to Balochistan’s 306 runs, in the first innings, Central Punjab got out on 251 runs. Central Punjab’s captain Azhar Ali stood out with 63 runs. Ammad Butt dismissed 6 CP batsmen for 57 runs.

By Muhammad Asif Khan

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