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Experienced duo of Asad Shafiq and Sarfaraz Ahmed produce a double-hundred partnership for Karachi Whites

Lahore, 18 September 2023: Day three of round two of QeAT 2023-2024 saw both Lahore Whites and Karachi Whites declare their innings after posting scores over 400, in their games respectively. Unbeaten centuries from both Asad Shafiq and Sarfaraz Ahmed placed Karachi Whites comfortably after the first innings.

Lahore Whites v Rawalpindi

Only 10.3 overs were bowled on the second day after which play was called off owing to rain and the wet conditions of the ground. The side was 407-3, at the time of stumps.

Saad Nasim declared the innings on the third day, without adding more runs to their overnight score as the play was no possible in first session of day-three due to wet outfield. Rawalpindi had a steady start to their innings. A partnership of 107 runs between the openers placed them comfortably.

Even after Hasan Raza got out, Abdul Faseeh and Ashfaq Ahmed remained steady on the crease, getting a century and a half century respectively.

Rawalpindi ended the day at 232-1.

Karachi Whites v Faisalabad

At the end of day two, veteran Asad Shafiq was joined on the crease by Sarfaraz Ahmed. Thereafter, Karachi started the day with their two most experienced batters on the crease, as the scorecard read 203-5.

Asad and Sarfaraz, who scored 108* and 128* respectively, took their side from 203 to 434. The brilliant 234-run-stand between the two most experienced batters of the side ensured that the side was considerably ahead of their opponents.

Faisalabad bowlers had no luck on day three, as they could not get either of the two set batters out.

Trailing by a mammoth 434, Faisalabad batters had a task ahead of them. Falling victim to pressure of the scorecard, Faisalabad batters could not stick to the crease.

They ended their day deep in trouble, at 63-6.

Peshawar v Multan

Peshawar ended the first day at 43-2 after batting 17 overs. The second day of play was called off due to rain and ground conditions.

Thus, Peshawar started the third day at 43-2. Sahibzada Farhan-led side struggled to sustain a long partnership for most of the day. Eventually, 73 runs produced between Kamran Ghulam and Abbas Ali helped bring some relief. However, Mohammad Imran broke the partnership by removing Abbas.

Kamran’s knock reeked of reliability as his 117 runs helped Peshawar get to 263, before they were bowled out. Medium pacer Sirajuddin got a four-wicket haul to his name while Majid Ali bagged three wickets.

Multan will begin their batting tomorrow.

FATA v Lahore Blues

Lahore Blues began their day at 83-3, with Qasim Akram and Hussain Talat at the crease. While Hussain was removed shortly after, Qasim’s half-century helped his side’s cause.

A half-century by Waqas Ahmed and a 49 by Junaid Ali further helped Imran Butt’s men to post 314 on the board, getting a lead of 174 runs.

FATA, already behind in the game, lost four early wickets and found themselves in a deep hole. Khushdil Shah and Salman Khan Jnr began the rebuilding job; by the end of the day, two had produced an unbeaten partnership of 79 runs.

FATA ended the day at 127-4. 

Scores in brief:

Lahore Whites v Rawalpindi

1st Innings

Lahore Whites: 407-3 (declared) in 100.3 overs (Ali Zaryab Asif 182, Ahmed Shahzad 102; Kashif Ali 2-88, Munir Riaz 1-75)

Rawalpindi: 232-1 in 63 overs (Abdul Faseeh 113*, Ashfaq Ahmed 51*; Mohammad Irfan 1-74)

Karachi Whites v Faisalabad

1st Innings

Karachi Whites: 434-5 (declared) in 114 overs (Sarfaraz Ahmed 128*, Asad Shafiq 108*; Mohammad Ali 2-82, Khurram Shahzad 2-124)

Faisalabad: 63-6 in 27 overs (Mohammad Huraira 19; Aftab 3-14, Ghulam Mudassr 2-16) 

Peshawar v Multan

1st Innings

Peshawar: 263 all out in 82.3 overs (Kamran Ghulam 117, Abbas Ali 34; Sirajuddin 4-45, Majid Ali 3-41) 

FATA v Lahore Blues

1st Innings

FATA: 140 all out in 49.1 overs (Salman Khan Jnr 40, Mohammad Wasim Khan 23; Hunain Shah 3-22, Hussain Talat 2-28)

Lahore Blues: 314 all out 73.3 overs (Waqas Ahmed 53, Qasim Akram 51; Aimal Khan 3-82, Akif Javed 3-85)

2nd Innings

FATA: 127-4 in 34 overs (Salman Khan Jnr 66*, Khushdil Shah 37*; Waqas Ahmed 2-37)