Northern’s Munir Riaz records five-wicket haul on first-class debut
KARACHI: Northern’s Munir Riaz recorded a five-wicket haul on debut on day two of his side’s fifth round first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the National Stadium on Friday. The 19-year-old right-arm pacer took five wickets for 91 runs as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were 249 for seven and 211 runs behind Northern at the close of play. The former Pakistan U19 bowler rolled over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s top and middle-order as he accounted for Musadiq Ahmed (19), Israrullah (19), Adil Amin (11), Zohaib Khan (0) and Sajid Khan (18). The only notable resistance came from Kamran and captain Khalid Usman, as both scored half-centuries. Kamran, the 25-year-old right-handed batsman, registered his ninth half-century with the team’s top score of 67, which included nine fours. This was his third half-century in the ongoing season. Khalid, fresh from an unbeaten 92 not out, which played a crucial role in his team’s resurgence and an eventual victory in their last round match against Central Punjab, smashed 10 fours and a six in his 59 not out off 82 balls. Earlier, Northern added 89 runs for the loss of four wickets at a run rate of just a shade below six an over to their overnight score to post a daunting 460 for nine declared and pocketed all five bonus points on batting on offer. Faizan Riaz, who scored his first century of the season Thursday, added 22 runs to his overnight total before Asif Ali smashed an unbeaten 45-ball 52, studded with four fours and two sixes. Faizan was dismissed on 146 by pacer Arshad Iqbal, who returned three for 75. Faizan, the 32-year-old right-handed batsman, crunched 18 fours and a six.