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Central Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa match evenly poised

Lahore, 4 October 2021: The second round matches of the City Cricket Association Championship (Second XI teams) are underway in three Punjab venues.

Over at the LCCA Ground Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were bowled out for 164 in reply to Central Punjab’s 340-run first innings total. Mohammad Irfan Jnr took five wickets while Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Faizan took two wickets each. Tail-ender Atizaz Habib Khan contributed 63 runs off 109 balls (four fours, two sixes).

Central Punjab had stuttered to 62 for five in 23.3 overs when stumps were drawn on day two. They now lead by 238 runs heading into the third and final day.

Over at the Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan Academy, Sheikhupura, Southern Punjab went past the Sindh’s 374-run first inning score by posting 382 for five in their 83 overs by close of play on the second day.

Moinuddin and Yousuf Babar scored centuries for Northern adding 200 runs for the fifth-wicket to rescue their side from a poor position of 86 for four.

Moinuddin hit 14 fours and four sixes in his 137-ball 119-run innings while Yousuf’s unbeaten 118 came off 199 balls and included 13 fours. Mohammad Umair contributed an unbeaten 58 off 65 balls.

Over at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, Northern posted 282 for 6 in 80.3 overs in reply to Balochistan’s first innings score of 277 all out.

Captain Umar Waheed top-scored with an unbeaten 104 off 204 balls (10 fours) for Northern. Mubasir Khan contributed 50 off 83 balls (seven fours).

Mohammad Javed took two wickets. Balochistan had reached 13 for one in their second innings when stumps were drawn for the day.

Scores in Brief:

Southern Punjab decide to field against Sindh at Rana Naved ul Hasan Cricket Academy, Sheikhupura

Sindh 374 all out, 82.5 overs (Faraz Ali 130, Omair Bin Yousuf 71, Saim Ayub 57, Saifullah Bangash 32; Ali Usman 4-83, Mohammad Umair 2-59)

Southern Punjab 382 for 5, 83 overs (Moinuddin 119, Yousuf Babar 118 not out, Mohammad Umair 58 not out; Jahanzaib Sultan 1-28, Mohammad Shahid 1-42)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa decide to field against Central Punjab at the LCCA Ground, Lahore

Central Punjab 340-6, 83 overs (Imran Dogar 102, Mohammad Irfan Khan 74, Ali Zaryab 62; Zohaib Khan 3-57) and 62 for 5, 23.3 overs (Rizwan Hussain 24, Ali Zaryab 20; Sajid Khan 2-17, Mohammad Amir Khan 2-26)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 164 all out, 57.5 overs (Atizaz Habib Khan 63; Mohammad Irfan Jnr 5-54)

Balochistan elect to bat against Northern at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

Balochistan 277 all out, 81.1 overs (Azeem Ghumman 67, Imran Butt 58, Shahbaz Khan 53, Mohammad Shahid 44; Mehran Mumtaz 5-92, Raza Hasan 4-103) and 13 for 1, 13 overs.

Northern 282 for 6, 80.3 overs (Umar Waheed 104 not out, Mubasir Khan 50; Mohammad Javed 2-95)