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Ball dominates day one of first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

KARACHI, Oct 25 (DNA): Southern Punjab’s wrist spinner Zahid Mahmood
edged closer to the 100-wicket mark in first-class cricket as he helped
his side to spin out Northern for a paltry 165 on day one of the first
round first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture at the National Bank of
Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

Zahid carried his white-ball form from the National T20 Cup into the
longer version of the game by returning figures of 9.4-2-41-4 to take
his tally of first-class wickets to 96 in his 40th match.

Thirty-two years old Zahid was well supported by off-spinner Salman Ali
Agha, who bagged three for 34, as Northern lost their last eight wickets
for 91 runs to be left to rue their decision of batting first after
winning the toss.

Test opener Shan Masood ensured he continued the good work of his
bowlers when he carried his side to 174 for one in 40 overs. Shan, one
of the most consistent batsmen in the domestic circuit for the past
couple of years across all formats, has hit 10 fours in a 120-ball 80
not out.

With him at the crease was Hussain Talat, who was unbeaten on 53 as they
two batsmen have added 89 runs for the unfinished second wicket.
Earlier, Shan had provided Southern Punjab a solid start by adding 85
runs for the first-wicket with Umar Siddique (40).

Southern Punjab earned three points for claiming eight wickets and then
added another three points for bowling Northern out in less than 100
overs. Northern, on the contrary, failed to earn any point on the
opening day after failing to reach 200 runs or picking up a minimum of
three wickets. However, Northern will have a chance to pocket bowling
points when play resumes on Monday while Southern Punjab will aim to
secure maximum batting points.

In the broadcast National Stadium match produced by the Pakistan Cricket
Board, defending champions Central Punjab laboured to 205 for nine in 86
overs against Sindh. Ahmed Shehzad (69) and Mohammad Saad (51) stroked
half-centuries but the day’s honours went to fast bowler Tabish Khan,
who registered his 38th five-fer in his 129th first-class matches.

The 35-year-old accounted for Ali Zaryab (six), Mohammad Saad (51),
Qasim Akram (seven), Hasan Ali (six) and Waqas Maqsood (0) on way to
recording figures of 22- 9-44-5. The major disappointment in the match
was the failure of Azhar Ali, who dragged a wide ball from Mir Hamza
onto his stumps after scoring 11.

30-year-old Quetta-born Bismillah Khan became the first batsman to
stroke a century in the 2020-21 event as he steered Balochistan to 310
for seven in 89 overs against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the UBL Sports
Complex. Bismillah was unbeaten on 102, an innings that is laced with 12
fours from 200 balls.

Bismillah first put on 66 runs for the fifth wicket with opener Sami
Aslam (56) after Balochistan had slipped to 43 for four after electing
to bat first and then added 160 runs for the sixth wicket with Kashif

Kashif showed he was no rabbit with the bat when he scored 98, missing
his third first-class century by two runs. He hit 19 fours in a 126-ball
knock. For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Snr and Ahmed
Jamal picked up two wickets apiece.

Scores in brief: At the NBP Sports Complex, Northern won the toss and
elected to bat first. Northern (1st innings) 165 all out, 48.4 overs
(Faizan Riaz 29, Umar Amin 29, Sarmad Bhatti 25, Hammad Azam 24, Zeeshan
Malik 24; Zahid Mahmood 4-41, Salman Ali Agha 3-34). Southern Punjab
(1st innings) 174-1, 40 overs (Shan Masood 80 not out, Hussain Talat 53
not out, Umar Siddique 40). Points to date: Northern 0; Southern 6

At the NSK, Sindh won the toss and elected to bowl first. Central Punjab
(1st innings) 205-9, 86 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 69, Mohammad Saad 51,
Kamran Akmal 24; Tabish Khan 5-44) v Sindh. Points to date: Central
Punjab 1; Sindh 3.

At the UBL Sports Complex, Balochistan won the toss and elected to bat
first. Balochistan 310-7, 89 overs (Bismillah Khan 102 not out, Kashif
Bhatti 98, Sami Aslam 56; Junaid Khan 2-43, Imran Khan Snr 2-52, Ahmed
Jamal 2-54) v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Points to date:  Balochistan 3, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa 2.


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