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Rizwan Ali's unbeaten century inspires OGDCL to first innings lead on Day two

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Lahore, 9 June 2024: Eshaal Associates lead by 109 runs with six wickets in hand in the second innings against Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL) at the end of day two of the President's Trophy Grade-II final at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium.

Earlier, at the start of the day, OGDCL continued their first innings from the overnight score of 64-4 and went on to post 315-7 in the allotted 75 overs. Wicketkeeper batter, Rizwan Ali struck a magnificent unbeaten century (143 not out, 205b, 14x4s, 1x6) to help his team gain a vital 18-run first-innings lead over Eshaal Associates. 

Rizwan was aided by Mohammad Sarwar Afridi, batting at seven, who contributed 84 off 123 balls hitting seven fours and one six. The duo also stitched a 169-run seventh wicket stand. For Eshaal Associates, Mohammad Adil picked up three wickets. Hamza Sajjad dismissed two batters while Mamoon Riaz bagged one wicket.

In turn, Eshaal Associates’ opening batters, Mohammad Sudais (34, 36b, 4x4s, 2x6s) and Afaq Ahmed (23, 43b, 2x4s) put on a 51-run opening stand before the wickets started tumbling on regular intervals. Ahmer Ashfaq departed for a duck while Faizan Zafar scored 21 off 43 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Sajjad Ibrahim (33 not out, 44b, 6x4s) and Abdul Rehman (6 not out, 11b, 1x4), who added 22 runs before stumps were drawn on day two, will resume batting on day three for Eshaal Associates who will look to extend their 109-run lead.

OGDCL’s Mohammad Sarwar Afridi had a field day with bat and ball, picking up figures of 3-21 after scoring a valuable half-century while Mushtaq Ahmed picked up one wicket.

Scores in brief:

OGDCL vs Eshaal Associates at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium

Eshaal Associates 297 all out, 59.3 overs (Mohammad Sudais 83, Afaq Ahmed 43, Abdul Rehman 43, Mohammad Adil 37 not out; Mohammad Huzaifa 4-79, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 3-52, Jawad Ali 2-35) and 127-4, 30 overs (Mohammad Sudais 34, Sajjad Ibrahim 33 not out, Afaq Ahmed 23; Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 3-21, Mushtaq Ahmed 1-44)

OGDCL 315-7, 75 overs (Rizwan Ali 143 not out, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 84, Mohammad Adil 3-55, Hamza Sajjad 2-67)