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Eshaal Associates dominate OGDCL on opening day of President's Trophy Grade-II final

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Lahore, 8 June 2024: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) found themselves in trouble against Eshaal Associates on the opening day of the final of President’s Trophy Grade-II at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Abbottabad. At the close of play on Day one OGDCL trailed by 233 runs with six wickets in hand in reply to Eshaal Associates’ first innings total of 297 all out in 59.3 overs.

Eshaal Associates made good use of the invitation to bat first as their opening batter Mohammad Sudais struck a fluent half-century (87, 111b, 10x4, 1x6). Sudais’ opening partner, Afaq Ahmed, chipped in with a brisk 43 off 29 balls hitting six fours and two sixes.

Later in the innings, Abdul Rehman (43, 52b, 5x4s, 1x6), batting at six, and Mohammad Adil (37 not out, 46b 4x4s, 1x6), batting at nine, kept the innings intact and helped their team notch a healthy total of 297. For OGDCL, Mohammad Huzaifa picked up four wickets while Mohammad Sarwar Afridi dismissed three batters. Leg-spinner Jawad Ali managed two scalps.

In reply, OGDCL were reduced to 64-4 as Abbas Ali and Mohammad Umair departed for ducks while opening batter Raja Hamza Waheed contributed with 24 runs comprising five boundaries. Mohammad Hammad Khan fell after scoring 29 off 34 balls with the help of five fours. Rizwan Ali (11 not out, 23b, 1x4) will on the crease when OGDCL resume their innings on day two.

Eshaal Associates’ Mohammad Adil struck twice in his five overs while Mamoon Riaz and Hamza Sajjad picked up one wicket each.

Scores in brief:

OGDCL vs Eshaal Associates at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium

Eshaal Associates 297 all out, 59.3 overs (Mohammad Sudais 87, Afaq Ahmed 43, Abdul Rehman 43, Mohammad Adil 37 not out; Mohammad Huzaifa 4-79, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 3-52, Jawad Ali 2-35)

OGDCL 64-4, 15.4 overs (Mohammad Hammad Khan 29, Raja Hamza Waheed 24; Mohammad Adil 2-17)