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Sindh beat Central Punjab by eight wickets

Lahore, 25 October 2021: Sindh registered their first win of the Cricket Associations Championship 2021-22 as they defeated Central Punjab by eight wickets on the third and final day of the round six fixture at the Saeed Ajmal Academy Ground in Faisalabad.

Central Punjab resuming their second innings on 99 for seven were bowled out for 137 in 38 overs. Sindh chased down the 129-run target for the loss of two wickets in the 25th over.

Ahsan Ali top-scored with a quick-fire 56 ball 63, hitting 10 fours and one six.

Over at the Rana Naved Cricket Academy in Sheikhupura, Southern Punjab’s Zeeshan Ashraf struck a century in a drawn game against Northern.

Resuming their first innings on 17 for one, Southern Punjab managed to score 332 for nine in 83 overs. Zeeshan scored 106 off 185 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes. He knitted a 99-run partnership with Moinuddin (58 off 71, six fours, two sixes). Wicketkeeper-batter Maqbool Ahmed scored 64 off 97, hitting six fours.

For Northern, Asad Raza picked five wickets for 56, while Raza Hasan grabbed three for 113 in 23 overs.

Northern in their second innings were 11 for no loss when stumps were drawn.

Over at the LCCA Ground in Lahore, Balochistan’s Azeem Ghumman, Fahad Iqbal and Tariq Jameel were the star performers of the day in the drawn game against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa resuming their first innings on the overnight score of 133 for five, were bowled out for 184 in the 53rd over. Tariq with his right-arm fast picked five wickets for 57, while Mohammad Javed grabbed three for 35 in 9.1 overs.

Balochistan in their second innings were 208 for three in 52 overs when stumps were drawn. Captain Azeem Ghumman who scored 57 in the first innings top-scored with a 141-ball 85. He struck 10 fours during his 217 minutes stay at the wicket. He was supported by Fahad, who coming to bat at number four returned undefeated on 72 off 112, laced with nine fours. Azeem and Fahad contributed 153 runs for the third-wicket.

For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Maaz Khan took two wickets and ended-up with six wickets in the match.

Scores in Brief:

Sindh beat Central Punjab by eight wickets at Saeed Ajmal Academy Ground, Faisalabad

Central Punjab 174 all out, 56 overs (Rizwan Hussain 43, Mohammad Waheed 31 not out; Junaid Ilyas 6-56, Arish Ali Khan 2-31) and 137 all out, 38 overs (Imran Dogar 51; Danish Aziz 4-27, Arish Ali Khan 2-14, Junaid Ilyas 2-28)

Sindh 183 all out, 58.1 overs (Rameez Aziz 54, Ahsan Ali 43, Faraz Ali 43; Sohaibullah 3-34, Asfand Mehran 3-57, Imran Dogar 2-32, Nisar Ahmad 2-55) and 131-2, 24.1 overs (Ahsan Ali 63, Saim Ayub 27)

Southern Punjab vs Northern ends in a draw at Rana Naved ul Hasan Cricket Academy, Sheikhupura

Northern 361-9, 79.5 overs (Abdul Faseeh 107, Kashif Iqbal 76, Bilawal Bhatti 65, Ali Imran 50; Umar Khan 3-82, Ahmed Hasan 2-74, Ali Shafiq 2-96) and 11-0, 6 overs

Southern Punjab 332-9, 83 overs (Zeeshan Ashraf 106, Maqbool Ahmed 64, Moinuddin 58; Asad Raza 5-56, Raza Hasan 3-113)

Balochistan vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ends in a draw at LCCA Ground, Lahore

Balochistan 225 all out, 78 overs (Azeem Ghumman 57, Abdul Hanan 54, Mohammad Shahid 40 not out; Maaz Khan 4- 43, Arshadullah 4-81, Zohaib Khan 2-28) and 208-3, 52 overs (Azeem Ghumman 85, Fahad Iqbal 72 not out; Maaz Khan 2-51)

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 184 all out, 52.1 overs (Mohammad Mohsin Khan 61, Aamer Azmat 31; Tariq Jameel 5-57, Mohammad Javed 3-35)