Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Central Punjab by five wickets
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa strolled to a five-wicket win over Central Punjab on the final day of their fourth round first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture at the UBL Sports Complex. This is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s second win of the tournament. Adil Amin stroke his 17th first-class half-century after resuming the day on 39. The 29-year old right-handed batsman smashed 10 boundaries in his 53 off 106 balls. Mehran Ibrahim was dismissed on 13 as he failed to add to his overnight score following which Zohaib Khan and wicketkeeper-batsman Rehan Afridi took Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the line. Zohaib was unbeaten on 14, while Rehan’s 36 not out was studded with four fours and two sixes. Bilawal Iqbal, who returned two for 31, took the two Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wickets, which fell on Monday. Ahmed Safi Abdullah finished with three for 87. This is Central Punjab’s third defeat in four matches. The title defenders are positioned at the bottom of the points table. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa pocketed 23 points (16 for outright win, one for batting and six for bowling) from the match, while Central Punjab added only five points (all for bowling). Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will travel to National Stadium to take on Northern in a broadcast match in the fifth round, which runs from 26-29 November, while UBL Sports Complex will stage the first Punjab Derby of the season as Central Punjab and Southern Punjab will come face to face at the venue. The match between Southern Punjab and Sindh at the National Stadium ended in a draw as both sides added five points more to their accounts. In a broadcast match, Southern Punjab were 206 for four in 62 overs in their chase of 342 when both captains – Umar Siddiq and Asad Shafiq – decided to shake hands. Southern Punjab’s Saif Badar scored a fluent 70 not out from 100 balls and he registered his career’s second half-century at this level. The right-handed batsman crunched nine fours and a six. Opener Zain Abbas followed his 95 in the first innings with an 89-ball 42, which included six fours, before he was dismissed by debutant Abrar Ahmed, whose leg-spin accounted for three Southern Punjab batsmen in the innings. Imran Rafiq was the other notable run-getter with 41 from 93 balls and his stay at the crease was also curtailed by Abrar. Abrar returned three for 80 and his figures for the match were five for 199. Earlier, Sindh declared on 253 for six after resuming the day on 190 for three. Saud Shakeel converted his overnight 45 into his career’s 14th half-century as he was undefeated at 70 off 125 balls. g%22%3A%7B%22text%22%3A%22Rect+13%22%7D%7D%7D%5D%7D%7D%5D%7D%7D%7D%5D%7D&saveID=5126&name=tsm2411202007&shortcode=tsm2411202007