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Ali Shafiq's four-wicket-haul troubles Faisalabad batters on day two of round three of QeAT 2023

Lahore, 23 September 2023:

Lahore Whites v Multan (Gaddafi Stadium)

Play called off for the day due to weather.

Peshawar v Rawalpindi (Abbottabad Stadium)

Rawalpindi started the day at 46 for three. The difficulty they saw during batting the previous day continued and none of the batters could hold their ground long enough to sustain any significant damage towards the opposition bowlers.

The highest score of the innings came from Syed Aqib Shah’s bat who scored 37 runs. Peshawar bowlers, particularly Niaz Khan who had five wickets to his name, troubled Rawalpindi who were eventually bowled out for 137 runs only.

A 59-run-stand between Waqas Ahmed Snr and skipper Sahibzada Farhan gave Peshawar a solid start, after they lost their first wicket for just 30 runs. After this partnership was broken and two new batters –Kamran Ghulam and Abuzar Tariq –too were removed cheaply, Peshawar lost some of their momentum.  

However, it was recovered by an unbeaten 79-run-stand between Waqas and Abbas Ali. Both of them remained at the crease, taking the side to 186 runs, when stumps were called.

Faisalabad v Lahore Blues (Pindi Cricket Stadium)

Faisalabad started their day at 53 for three. Mohammad Abubakar Khan and Ali Shan recovered the loss concurred by their side for losing their top three cheaply; the two batters scored 115 runs together.

Both Abubakar and Ali got half-centuries to their name which lent the side some confidence and stability. However, once the partnership was broken, Faisalabad’s woes continued, as they lost three wickets after that.

Lahore Blues’ bowlers had a proactive day; Ali Shafiq returned with four wickets while Kashif Bhatti and Nisar Ahmed had two wickets each.

Faisalabad ended the day at 211 at the loss of eight wickets.

FATA v Karachi Whites (KRL Rawalpindi)

FATA won the toss and elected to bowl first. Karachi Whites had an abysmal start to their innings, as they lost four important wickets very early in the innings.

Khurram Manzoor scored just six runs, while the three batters next on the list were all dismissed without scoring a run. Karachi found themselves in an extremely sticky situation, having lost four wickets for just eight runs.

Rameesh Aziz and Danish Aziz took to the crease and began the rebuilding for their side. Between the two, Karachi managed to add 56 runs to their total.

Karachi ended the day at 64 at the loss of four wickets.

Scores in brief

Lahore Whites v Multan (Gaddafi Stadium)

Multan: 196-3 in 64 overs (Zain Abbas 94, Sharoon Siraj 33*; Mohammad Irfan 2-57)

Peshawar v Rawalpindi (Abbottabad Stadium)

Rawalpindi: 137 all out in 53.1 overs (Syed Aqib Shah 37; Niaz Khan 5-53, Abbas Afridi 3-26)

Peshawar: 186-4 in 46 overs (Waqas Ahmed Snr 93*; Abbas Ali*; Bilawal Bhatti 2-47)

Faisalabad v Lahore Blues (Pindi Cricket Stadium)

Faisalabad: 211-8 in 82 overs (Mohammad Abubakar Khan 63, Ali Shan 55; Ali Shafiq 4-36)

FATA v Karachi Whites (KRL Rawalpindi)

Karachi Whites: 64-4 in 32 overs (Rameesh Aziz 30*, Danish Aziz 26*; Irfanullah Shah 2-12)