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Atizaz and Maaz bowl Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to thumping win over Southern Punjab

Lahore, 17 November 2022: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded a resounding victory over Southern Punjab while the Central Punjab-Balochistan ninth round Cricket Associations Championship 2022-23 season match ended in a draw in Karachi today – Thursday. Northern defeated Sindh by seven wickets yesterday.

At the KCCA Stadium, Balochistan resumed their second innings at 186 for two. Mohammad Junaid who yesterday completed his second century of the match, top-scored for his side with 127 off 214 balls (nine fours, two sixes). Balochistan declared their second innings at 255 for seven to set Central Punjab a 302-run target in less than two sessions on the final day. Mohammad Naveed took five for 59 in Balochistan’s second innings.

Central Punjab scored 154 for three in 54 overs when stumps were drawn for the final time in the match. Fahad Munir followed his first innings score of 72 with 78 not out in the second innings. The left-hander hit eight fours in his 129-ball effort. Raza-ul-Hasan took two wickets for 26 runs.

Over at the NBP Sports Complex Ground, Karachi, Southern Punjab who were set a 406-run target, resumed their second innings at 58 for two on day-four. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spinners Atizaz Khan and Maaz Khan ran through the Southern Punjab batting order.

Humayun Altaf with 38 off 87 balls was the only batter to offer some resistance against the spin twins as Southern Punjab capitulated for 159 in 47.4 overs. Atizaz took five for 30 while Maaz finished with four wickets for 49 runs.

Scores in brief:

Balochistan vs Central Punjab – KCCA Stadium, Karachi

Balochistan 319 all out, 106 overs (Mohammad Junaid 101, Mohammad Ibrahim Senior 87, Abdul Hanan 40; Ahmed Safi Abdullah 7-92) and 256 for 7 (declared), 82 overs (Mohammad Junaid 127, Mohammad Ibrahim Snr 68; Mohammad Naveed 5-59)

Central Punjab 273 all out, 97.4 overs (Fahad Munir 72, Abdul Samad 42, Saif Badar 40; Jalat Khan 4-83, Aftab Ahmed 3-89) and 154 for 3, 54 overs (Fahad Munir 78 not out, Muhammad Irfan Khan 36 not out; Raza-ul-Hasan 2-26)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beat Southern Punjab by 246 runs – NBP Sports Complex, Karachi

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 282 all out, 73.5 overs (Nabi Gul 85, Mohammad Nisar Afridi 47; Mohammad Junaid 5-106, Mohammad Shan 4-65) and 326 all out, 86 overs (Afaq Ahmed 70, Mohammad Nisar Afridi 64; Mohammad Junaid 5-115, Tahir Hussain 4-88)

Southern Punjab 203 all out, 66.5 overs (Yousuf Babar 69, Mohammad Umair 29, Moinuddin 29; Irfanullah Shah 4-26, Mohammad Amir Khan 2-49, Maaz Khan 2-52) and 159 all out, 47.4 overs (Humayun Altaf 38, Mohammad Junaid 27; Atizaz Habib Khan 5-30, Maaz Khan 4-49)