KP vs Northern ends in thrilling draw
KARACHI: A 74-minute vigil by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mohammad Wasim Jnr denied Northern crucial 16 points for an outright win that would have seen them leapfrog Southern Punjab to capture the top spot in the six-team points table as the two sides played out a thrilling draw at the National Stadium on Sunday. Debutant Wasim made 18 not out from 59 balls as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finished at 319 for nine from 97 overs before bad light forced an end to the final day’s play. Wasim’s unbeaten stay at the crease included an undefeated 22-minute last wicket partnership with Arshad Iqbal, who scored one from 17 balls. Northern’s win seemed certain when their captain Nauman Ali, who took four wickets for 112 runs in the innings, took Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s ninth wicket, Imran Khan Snr, with the batting side 81 runs away from the target. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa openers Israrullah and Musadiq Ahmed provided their side a solid platform to chase down a 390-run target with a 155-run alliance, in which 100 runs were added on the fourth morning, as both batsmen smashed half-centuries. Israrullah made 64 with the help of four fours, while Musadiq’s 85, the top-score of the innings, was studded with eight fours and three sixes. Kamran Ghulam followed his first innings 67 with an 89-ball 45 (five fours and a six). Zohaib Khan was the notable run-getter with 42 off 134 balls.