KARACHI: Off-spinner Sajid Khan presented the best match statistics of his career when he picked up 10-157 to put Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the verge of victory against Holders Central Punjab on the third day of Quaid-e-Azam’s fourth round fixture. Trophy (first class) at UBL Sports Complex here on Sunday.
Sajid, who took 5-56 in the first innings, scored 6-101 in the second innings so that KP could bowl Central Punjab for 248 in 85.2 overs. Stumps were 108-3.
Central Punjab took a 78-run lead in the first innings. Muhammad Saad (77) and Saad Naseem (52) encouraged the recovery of Central Punjab and kept them out of danger, adding 80 runs for the sixth wicket. Saad hit ten fours off 190 balls while Saad Naseem hit ten fours off 70 balls. After that Bilawal Iqbal scored 48 runs in 91 balls, he hit six fours and a six. Apart from Sajid’s bravery, Irshad Iqbal scored 3-42 runs in 14 overs.
In pursuit of an easy target, KP were 108-30, close, yet needed 63 more to seal their second win of the season. Prominent batsman Adil Amin was on the crease for 39 runs which came off 85 balls and he hit seven fours. Mehran Ibrahim was second with 13. Earlier, opener Musaddiq Ahmed scored 24 runs. Spinner Ahmed Safi 3-63 in 12 overs
At the National Stadium, Sindh took a significant 88-run lead when they bowled South Punjab for 295 in 86 overs after scoring 383, while the day started again at 148-2. Zain Abbas, who was batting at 75, scored 95 off 162 balls with the help of 14 fours. Salman Ali Agha hit 67 fours and 12 fours off 89 balls. Saif Badar, who remained unbeaten on 27 on Saturday, scored 43 off 84 balls with the help of eight fours. Fast bowler Tabish Khan used to pick bowlers with 4-83. Shah Nawaz Dhani (3-74) and spinner Abrar Ahmed (2-119) also bowled well.
In their second innings, Sindh took an overall lead of 278 over Sharjeel Khan’s excellent 121, she went on to score 126 runs. Sharjeel hit 16 fours and three sixes in 126 balls, his 12th first-class century in 79 overs. Going out Saud Shakeel was batting on 45 runs which he scored off 99 balls with three fours. Bilawal Bhatti, spinner Zahid Mahmood and Salman Ali Agha took one wicket each.
At the NBP Sports Complex, Northern took a huge 143-run lead when they scored 275 in their first innings, then resumed on a score of 196-6, in response to Balochistan’s first innings total of 418. Was Muhammad Nawaz won with a strong 67 in 166. On the balls, put four fours. Earlier, Faizan Riaz had scored 78 runs. Spinner Kashif Bhatti claimed 4-114.
Balochistan were 223-4 on stumps in their second innings for an overall lead of 6 36 22 runs. Azeem Ghman was run out for 91 runs and once again lost a century. He hit ten fours in 125 balls. He added 113 runs for the third wicket association with Akbar-ur-Rehman who was on the crease for 80 runs. Akbar hit eight fours and two sixes off 89 balls. Waqas Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz and Sarmad Bhatti took one wicket each.