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Saim's century guides Sindh to seven-wicket win

Lahore, 19 November 2021: Balochistan, Central Punjab and Sindh recorded victories in the first round of the Cricket Associations Challenge that began on Friday at three cities of Punjab.

At Rana Naved Cricket Academy in Sheikhupura, Sindh’s Saim Ayub century led his side to a seven-wicket win over Southern Punjab. After being put into bat, Southern Punjab were dismissed for 199 in the 43rd over. Opening batter Mukhtar Ahmed top-scored with a 76-ball 40, hitting four fours. Sharoon Siraj and Umar Khan scored 36 runs each.

For Sindh, Asif Mehmood and Danish Aziz picked three wickets apiece.

In reply, Sindh chased down the target in the 28th over for the loss of three wickets. Saim’s 100 came off 79 balls, which included 13 fours and two sixes. Mohammad Taha returned undefeated on a 61-ball 65, which included nine fours. The pair added 139 runs for the second wicket.

Southern Punjab’s Mohammad Umair bagged two wickets for 32.

At Saeed Ajmal Academy in Faisalabad, Balochistan beat Northern by 22 runs. After being put into bat, Balochistan scored 252 for nine in 45 overs. Captain Ali Waqas top-scored with a 85-ball 73, smashing six fours and two sixes. He knitted 108 runs for the second wicket with Aqib Junaid (32, 63b, three fours). Zainullah struck three sixes during his knock of 39 from 30 balls faced.

Northern’s Salman Irshad took two wickets for 55.

In reply, Zaid Alam’s hundred went in vain as Northern were bowled out for 230 in the 45th over. Opening batter Zaid top-scored with a 108-ball 109, hitting eight fours and six sixes. Taimoor Sultan contributed 39 off 33, hitting six fours and one six.

For Balochistan, Saleem Mal grabbed four wickets for 37, while Mohammad Ibrahim Snr and Mohammad Shahid picked two wickets apiece.

Half-centuries from Abdul Samad and Rizwan Hussain guided Central Punjab to a 75-run win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at LCCA Ground in Lahore. Central Punjab scored 290 for seven after being put into bat. Rizwan top-scored with 90-ball 87, laced with five fours and two sixes. Opening batter Samad contributed a quick-fire 55 off 49 balls, which included six fours and one six. Samad’s opening partner Gauhar Hafeez scored 44 off 54, laced with four fours and one six. The opening pair added 92 runs.

For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Aamer Azmat picked three wickets for 30 from six overs, while Mohammad Sarwar Afridi bagged two wickets for 53.

In reply, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were dismissed for 215 in the 4oth over. Fazal-ur-Rehman top-scored with 70 off 79 balls, hitting seven fours and three sixes. Aamer, while batting, scored 43-ball 47, hitting one four and four sixes.

For Central Punjab, Fahad Munir, Kamran Afzal, Mohammad Faizan and Sohaibullah picked two wickets each.

Scores in brief:

Balochistan beat Northern by 22 runs at Saeed Ajmal Academy, Faisalabad

Balochistan 252-9, 45 overs (Ali Waqas 73, Zainullah 39, Aqib Junaid 32; Salman Irshad 2-55)

Northern 230 all out, 44.3 overs (Zaid Alam 109, Taimoor Sultan 39; Saleem Mal 4-37, Mohammad Shahid 2-31, Mohammad Ibrahim Snr 2-55)

Sindh beat Southern Punjab by seven wickets at Rana Naved Cricket Academy, Sheikhupura

Southern Punjab 199 all out, 42.1 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 40, Sharoon Siraj 36, Umar Khan 36, Moinuddin 32; Danish Aziz 3-28, Asif Mehmood 3-45)

Sindh 200-3, 27.4 overs (Saim Ayub 100, Mohammad Taha 65 not out; Mohammad Umair 2-32)

Central Punjab beat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by 75 runs at LCCA Ground, Lahore

Central Punjab 290-7, 45 overs (Rizwan Hussain 87, Abdul Samad 55, Gohar Hafeez 44, Kamran Afzal 34 not out, Mohammad Irfan Khan 30; Aamer Azmat 3-30, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi 2-53)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 215 all out, 39.1 overs (Fazal-ur-Rehman 70, Aamir Azmat 47, Atizaz Habib 34 not out, Zohaib Khan 31; Fahad Munir 2-20, Kamran Afzal 2-33, Mohammad Faizan 2-36, Sohaibullah 2-38)