/Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali tons help Northern secure draw

Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali tons help Northern secure draw


Mohammad Nawaz and Asif Ali scored tons to help Northern secure a draw

Mohammad Nawaz and Asif Ali scored tons to help Northern secure a draw © PCB

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Northern, Abbottabad

Centuries by Mohammad Nawaz and Asif Ali on the final day helped Northern escape with a draw against Kyhber Pakhtunkhwa, in Abbottabad.

Resuming the day on 105 for 2, having been asked to follow on, the visitors lost Umar Amin, who fell 20 short of a century. However, Asif kept the bowlers at bay with an attacking century – his second in first-class cricket. His knock included 18 boundaries and a six.

He first put on an 86-run stand in company of Rohail Nazir – who fell on 46 – and then added 118 with Nawaz for the fifth wicket. Once the visitors had overhauled the deficit, Nawaz too got into an aggressive mode and stroked a century in only 126 balls. Northern finished the day on 433 for 6.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bagged 15 points from the match and finished round 1 at the top of the points table, while Northern bagged 8.

Brief scores: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 526/9 decl. (Muhammad Rizwan 176, Ashfaq Ahmed 106; Shadab Khan 4-151) drew with Northern 262 (Haider Ali 99; Zohaib Khan 3-21, Junaid Khan 3-40) & 433/6 f/o (Asif Ali 114, Mohammad Nawaz 100*; Zohaib Khan 2/80).

Sindh vs Balochistan, Karachi

On predicted lines, the clash in Karachi between Sindh and Balochistan ended in a draw with the hosts bagging nine points while the visitors took away seven. Responding to Sindh’s 473 for 5, Balochistan reached 355 for 9 by the end of fourth day’s play.

Resuming the day on 191 for 3, Balochistan added only 164 runs to their overnight total for the loss of six wickets. Asad Shafiq bagged three scalps, including Imam ul Haq, who scored 152.

Khurram Shehzad, coming on to bat at No. 10, played an entertaining hand towards the end of the day’s play, stroking an unbeaten 68-ball 44.

Brief scores: Sindh 473/5 decl. (Abid Ali 249*, Khurram Manzoor 105; Yasir Shah 3-127) drew with Balochistan 355/9 (Imam-ul-Haq 152, Khurram Shahzad 44*; Asad Shafiq 3-85, Kashif Bhatti 3-115).

Southern Punjab vs Central Punjab, Lahore

The Punjab derby in Lahore ended in a draw, and both the sides collected 11 points each from the first-round encounter of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Resuming the day on 348 for 5, Mohammad Saad and Faheem Ashraf stitched an 80-run stand to lay the platform for Central Punjab fightback, which eventually concluded four runs ahead of Southern Punjab’s first innings score – 473. En route the partnership, Ashraf registered his sixth first-class half-century.

Returning to bat in their inconsequential second essay, Southern Punjab managed 107, losing only the wicket of skipper Shan Masood, who was trapped by Zafar Gohar.

Brief scores: Southern Punjab 467 (Sami Aslam 243*, Adnan Akmal 113; Waqas Maqsood 4-83, Hasan Ali 3-100) & 107/1 (Sami Aslam 50) drew with Central Punjab473 (Umar Akmal 89, Azhar Ali 73; Mohammad Irfan 4-120, Rahat Ali 3-72).

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