KARACHI: The opening day of any main sporting competitors brings renewed hope of constructing on enchancment from the earlier season. However Central Punjab’s defence of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy cricket title on Sunday received off on a be aware of despondency in opposition to the lower and swerve of Tabish Khan.
Elsewhere within the metropolis, Southern Punjab have been in full management already after dismissing final 12 months’s runners-up Northern for 165 after which overhauling that paltry rating by closing at 174-1, whereas Balochistan made sensible restoration by way of Bismillah Khan and Kashif Bhatti to submit 310-7 in opposition to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Spearheading the Sindh bowling line-up, Tabish — probably the most tragic tales of Pakistan cricket — had the Azhar Ali-led reigning champions on the ropes at 205-9 of their first innings at draw of stumps within the four-day conflict right here on the Nationwide Stadium.
Tabish — the 35-year-old right-arm paceman who has by no means been afforded any alternative to play on the worldwide degree — grabbed the final 4 wickets within the post-tea session after making the preliminary breakthrough inside 28 minutes of begin following Sarfaraz Ahmed’s resolution to bowl first on a green-tinged strip.
Sarfaraz’s counterpart Azhar horribly misinterpret the early morning circumstances by forfeiting the prospect to make the primary name because the visiting captain — a choice which necessitated match referee Nadeem Arshad to order a correct toss that was gained by Sarfaraz.
Together with his Check captaincy on the road, the embattled Azhar endured a depressing first outing with the bat when he performed onto his stumps, as left-arm quick bowler Mir Hamza converted to bowl around the wicket, after scoring simply 11 from 26 balls. It was a shock to see Azhar depart the scene so swiftly after having despatched the earlier ball for a beautiful cowl drive.
Ahmed Shehzad was the solitary exception among the many prime 4 batsmen to use put his head right down to prime rating with a 155-ball knock of 69 in 228 minutes. However he was responsible of throwing his wicket when a wild heave in opposition to the occasional spin of Fawad Alam landed within the lap of Hasan Mohsin at level.
Mohammad Saad additionally weighed in with a half-century Tabish despatched him again for a 142-ball 51 simply after terminating first-class debutant Qasim Akram’s 42-minute keep — after the 18-year-old right-hander made seven off 32 balls — with a low acrobatic effort by Sarfaraz behind the stumps.
Tabish ended the day with 5-44 from 22 overs in what was his 29th five-for in first-class cricket.
Bismillah and Kashif shared the limelight on the UBL Sports activities Complicated after Balochistan, opting to bat first, had slumped to 43-Four after which 109-5.
Bismillah had the honour of constructing the primary ton of the championship — and third of his profession — because the pugnacious wicket-keeper/batsman hit up an undefeated 102 in 298 minutes together with his 200-ball innings that includes 12 boundaries.
Kashif was unfortunate at lacking out a 3rd first-class century when he was bowled by off-spinner Sajid Khan for a feisty 98 whereas sharing a partnership of 160 in 172 minutes with Bismillah. Kashif, 34-year-old sluggish left-armer who bats right-handed, struck as many as 19 fours in his 126-ball knock. Upfront discarded Pakistan opener Sami Aslam contributed 56.
Northern captain Nauman Ali was left red-faced when his group folded up in lower than 50 overs after deciding to bat first versus Southern Punjab on the NBP Sports activities Complicated as solely 5 batsmen crossed the 20-run mark however none received greater than 29, a determine that was solely matched by Umar Amin and Faizan Riaz.
Leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, who was one in all unsung heroes of the latest Nationwide T20 Cup, snared 4 wickets for 41 runs in 9.Four overs, whereas off-spinning all-rounder Agha Salman bagged 3-34.
Skipper Shan Masood then led from the entrance in successive 80-plus stands with fellow left-handers Umar Siddique and Hussain Talat as Southern Punjab continued their domination. Umar went for 40 after including 85 together with his skipper earlier than Hussain (53) partnered Shan (80) within the unfinished partnership of 89.
Shut of play scores on Sunday (day one in all 4):
First XI, first spherical:
At Nationwide Stadium: CENTRAL PUNJAB 205-9 in 86 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 69, Mohammad Saad 51, Kamran Akmal 24; Tabish Khan 5-44) vs SINDH.
At UBL Sports activities Complicated: BALOCHISTAN 310-7 in 89 overs (Bismillah Khan 102 not out, Kashif Bhatti 98, Sami Aslam 56; Junaid Khan 2-43, Imran Khan 2-52, Ahmed Jamal 2-54) vs KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA.
At NBP Sports activities Complicated: NORTHERN 165 in 48.Four overs (Umar Amin 29, Faizan Riaz 29, Sarmad Bhatti 25, Zeeshan Malik 24, Hammad Azam 24; Zahid Mahmood 4-41, Agha Salman 3-34); SOUTHERN PUNJAB 174-1 in 40 overs (Shan Masood 80 not out, Hussain Talat 53 not out, Umar Siddique 40).
Revealed in Daybreak, October 26th, 2020