Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020-21
KP’s Sajid Khan records third five-wicket haul
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa edged closer to their second victory in the ongoing first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy as they needed 62 runs with seven wickets in hand to beat title defenders Central Punjab in the fourth round fixture at the UBL Sports Complex. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were 108 for three at the close of play on Sunday with Adil Amin and Mehran Ibrahim unbeaten on 39 and 13 respectively. Earlier in the day, off-spinner Sajid Khan recorded his third five-wicket haul of the 2020-21 season as he added two more wickets to his tally. The 27-year-old returned six for 101 from 36.2 overs of which 11 were maiden. Sajid Khan took half of the Central Punjab’s wickets in the match as he accounted for four of their batsmen in the first innings. As such, his figures for the match are 10 for 157. That the third day’s was turned into a contest despite Central Punjab five down for 65 and a second innings deficit of 13 runs at the start of play was due to an 80-run stand between Mohammad Saad and Saad Nasim, who resumed the proceedings at three and 14. The two batsmen posted valiant half-centuries. Mohammad Saad top-scored with a 190-ball 77, while Saad Nasim made 52 runs from 70 balls. Both batsmen crunched 10 boundaries apiece. Bilawal Iqbal, batting at 10, made a handy contribution with an unbeaten 48, which included six fours and a six. Pacer Arshad Iqbal took three wickets for 42 runs. Sindh’s Sharjeel Khan recorded a first-class century after almost seven years, blasting 121 runs from 126 balls against Southern Punjab at the National Stadium, which took his team’s second innings lead to 278. In the broadcast match, which is being beamed around the globe through PCB’s YouTube channel, Sharjeel brought up his century in 99 balls and stitched a 130-run stand for the third wicket with Saud Shakeel, who is unbeaten on 45 and will resume the fourth day’s play with Hasan Mohsin (five) on Monday, after Sindh had lost two wickets for just one run and were 47 for two. Over the course of his 179-minute stay at the crease, the left-handed opener smashed 16 fours and three sixes.