LAHORE-Central Punjab, thanks to centuries from Azhar Ali and Tayyab Tahir, were in a strong position against Balochistan at the close of second day’s play of round two of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2022-23. Central Punjab have already accumulated 10 points from the first two innings. 

Central Punjab were 417-4 after starting the day on 91-2 as Azhar brought up his 44th first-class century and Tayyab stroked his second century on the bounce. Central Punjab currently led Balochistan by 232 runs. Azhar made 107 off 196 with 11 fours and a six and Tayyab was unbeaten on 118 off 205 and had hit 10 fours and a six. Tayyab will resume his innings with young all-rounder Qasim Akram, who made 59 not out off 77 (8 fours and a six). 

At Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium, Northern were 129-2 in reply of Sindh’s 457-8. Umar Amin top-scored with an unbeaten 60 after he added 92 runs for the second wicket with Mohammad Huraira, who missed half-century by eight runs. Sindh captain Saud Shakeel, who stroked his 12th hundred at this level yesterday, converted his overnight 112 into 158. He batted for 319 balls and hit 14 fours and two sixes. Sarfaraz Ahmed scored his second half-century in as many matches with a 70 not out off 136 (8 fours). Sindh were 309-5 at the completion of 100 overs and pocketed three batting points, while Northern got one point. 

Umar Siddiq’s 13th first-class century lifted Southern Punjab to 308 at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had made 240 earlier. Southern Punjab began the day at a precarious 48-3 before Umar smashed 19 fours in his 199-ball innings. Salman Ali Agha was the next best batter in the innings with 64 off 88 (10 fours). KP’s Ihsanullah (3-45), Arshadullah (2-73) and Arshad Iqbal (2-87) shared seven wickets. Batting second, KP are 4-1 and have a trail of 64 to surmount. 

SCORES IN BRIEF

Toss uncontested – Central Punjab bowl first against Balochistan at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

BALOCHISTAN 185 all out, 47.2 overs (Hussain Talat 43, Asad Shafiq 34; Ahmed Daniyal 3-41, Mohammad Ali 3-49, Umaid Asif 2-39) vs CENTRAL PUNJAB 417-4, 114.5 overs (Tayyab Tahir 118*, Azhar Ali 107, Qasim Akram 59*; Akif Javed 2-98). 

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA 240 all out, 69.2 overs (Waqar Ahmed 134*; M Ilyas 4-76, Ahmed Bashir 3-31, Hasan Ali 2-42) and 4-1, 1.1 overs vs SOUTHERN PUNJAB 308 all out, 91.2 overs (Umar Siddiq 112, Salman Ali Agha 64; Ihsanullah 3-45, Arshadullah 2-73, Arshad Iqbal 2-87). 

SINDH 457-8, 138.5 overs (Saud Shakeel 158, Sarfaraz Ahmed 70*; Mubasir Khan 4-140) vs NORTHERN 129-2, 41 overs (Umar Amin 60*, M Huraira 42; M Asghar 2-56).