Northern dominate title defenders, Sarfaraz Ahmed records 12th first-class ton
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Northern continued to dominate Central Punjab in their second round fixture of the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, being played at the National Bank Sports Complex, and took their bonus points’ tally to 10 after adding four batting points on Sunday. The title defenders were 64 for two in their second innings at the close of play with a 131-run trail to surmount. Their captain Azhar Ali was not out on 24 and he will be joined by Usman Salahuddin (seven not out) when the play resumes on Monday. Resuming the day at 116 for three, Northern posted an imposing 354 all out in 100 overs thanks to half-centuries from Umar Amin, Asif Ali and Hammad Azam. Umar and Asif were instrumental in helping Northern reach a comfortable position as they added 96 runs – 46 of which came on the second day’s play – for the fourth wicket partnership. After resuming his innings on 26, Umar missed out on the century by six runs as he was dismissed by Ahmed Safi Abdullah, the star performer with the ball for Central Punjab with five for 106. Umar struck 11 fours and a six in his 181-ball stay at the crease. Asif, Umar’s overnight partner, recorded his career’s fourth first-class half-century with a 90-ball 65. The 29-year-old struck nine fours and a six. Following the contributions from Umar and Asif, Northern’s position was further consolidated with a 56 from all-rounder Hammad Azam. The 29-year-old’s 24th first-class half-century was studded with three sixes and four fours. Ahmed Shehzad scored 27 when Central Punjab came out to bat for the second time in the match. The right-handed opener was dismissed by Northern captain Nauman Ali, who picked up four wickets on day one of the match. Ali Zaryab (0) fell to Athar Mehmood. Sindh captain Sarfaraz Ahmed recorded his 12th first-class century with an unbeaten 131 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the UBL Sports Complex. The wicketkeeper-batsman dispatched eight off the 232 balls he faced towards the boundary after resuming the day at 68 to put his team in a commanding position. ,\"screen\":{\"device-pixel-ratio\":2,\"vertical\":{\"width\":360,\"height\":640},\"horizontal\":{\"width\":6