Karachi: Sindh’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed registered his 12th first-class century against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the UBL Sports Complex on Day 2 of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy second round fixture.
Sarfaraz’s innings of unbeaten 131 included eight boundaries, helping his side to 361. Yesterday, Fawad Alam made 91. Left-arm orthodox spinner Khalid Usman was the pick of the bowlers for KP, picking 3-109 while Sajid Khan picked two.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was 136 for four in 50 overs before the close of the day’s play as opener Israrullah batted for the most part of the day.
The left-hander recorded his 26th half-century. His 124-ball 67 included a crucial 63-run second-wicket partnership with his captain Ashfaq Ahmed (18) after Sahibzada Farhan (three) was removed by Tabish Khan with only seven runs on the board.
Sohail Khan picked the price wicket of Israrullah while the other two wickets were taken by off-spinner Ashiq Ali. Sindh added one more bonus points – by the virtue of dismissing three or more batsmen inside 100 overs.
In another match of round two, Northern once again dominated Central Punjab at the National Bank Sports Complex.
Northern resumed their innings at 116/3 and went on to impose a first-inning total of 354, thanks to half-centuries from Umar Amin, Asif Ali, and Hammad Azam.
Umar looked in great touch as he missed out on the century by six runs. He was 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 recorded his career’s fourth first-class half-century with a 90-ball 65. The 29-year-old struck nine fours and a six.
Defending champions were 2/64 in their second at stumps, training by 131-run. Captain Azhar Ali was not out on 24 and he will be joined by Usman Salahuddin (7*).
Ahmed Shehzad managed to score 27 as the right-handed opener was dismissed by Northern captain Nauman Ali Ali Zaryab (0) fell to Athar Mehmood.
In the broadcast match being played at the National Stadium, Southern Punjab replied strongly in reply to Balochistan’s 372 all out.
SP was 245 for five in 67 overs at the end of the day’s play. Skipper Shan Masood posted a 73-ball 62, which included seven fours.
Meanwhile, Hussain Talat scored 39 off 52 before he was trapped in front by Balochistan captain Yasir Shah.
The leg-spinner dismissed Saif Badar (17) and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Siddiq (47) which at one stage had SP teetering at 157 for four.
Salman Ali Agha led the fightback with an unbeaten 52 off 92 balls and he will resume the innings along with Imran Rafiq, who is at 20*.
Earlier, Balochistan added 60 runs for the loss in three wickets in 18.3 overs after resuming the day at 297-6. Taimur Ali scored 86 not out from 168 balls, which included 10 fours and a six.
Imran Farhat, who had retired hurt on 100 last day, could add 16 more runs before he became Dilbar Hussain’s maiden first-class wicket.
Leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood finished with three for 101 while Mohammad Ilyas claimed 2-60.