Abdullah shines as Central Punjab dominate Sindh on QEAT opening day

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RAWALPINDI: Central Punjab batter Abdullah Shafique starred with an unbeaten 189-run knock to help his aspect elevate a large whole of 384/6 in opposition to Sindh on the opening day of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (QEAT).

Abdullah utterly dominated the Sindh bowlers as he smashed greater than two dozen boundaries, together with 23 fours and three sixes as he confronted 231 deliveries whereas batting all through the day.

Aamer Yamin, then again, mixed excellently with Abdullah for a valiant seventh-wicket partnership of 120 runs because the pair remained agency on the crease until the top of the day’s play.

Yamin scored a fast 61 off 80 earlier than stumps, laced with six fours and two sixes.

Sindh, then again, had a good-looking begin to their bowling after they elected to area first as Mir Hamza offered the preliminary breakthrough on 43 runs whole, sending Abid Ali again to the pavilion.

Ali Zaryab (19), Mohammad Saad ( 20) and Tayyab Tahir (13) did not extend their stays on the crease earlier than Qasim Akram joined Abdullah on the crease for a 77-run stand on the fifth wicket.

Akram fell prey to Asif Mehmood after scoring 31 off 72 whereas the following batter Ali Shan went again rapidly following a runout.

For Sindh, Asif bagged three wickets whereas Muhammad Umar and Mir Hamza took a scalp every.

In one other first-round match, Abdul Faseeh and Umar Amin put Northern in a commanding place over Southern Punjab (SP) as they managed 379/four on the opening day at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.

Faseeh blasted a superb 151, laced with 20 fours and 4 sixes whereas Amin performed a valiant knock of 89 off 184 because the pair mixed for a powerful 188-run partnership on the second wicket.

SP bowler Hassan Khan removed the fierce-looking duo as he bowled out Faseeh on a cumulative whole of 248. Amin quickly adopted the swimsuit and was dismissed similarly by the identical bowler.

Sarmad Bhatti and Mubashir Khan then raised one other robust partnership of 117 runs on the sixth wicket and remained not out until the top of the opening day’s play.

Bhatti and Mubashir will proceed the Northern’s first inning on day 2 with the in a single day rating of 35 and 74, respectively.

For SP, aside from Hassan’s three strikes and a scalp from Ali Usman, the bowling sheet introduced a woeful image.

An analogous batters’ dominance was additionally witnessed at Abbotadabad Cricket Stadium the place Balochistan raised 324/5 in opposition to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) because of the elegant knocks by Azeem Ghumman and Abdul Waheed Bangalzai.

Ghumman top-scored for his aspect with 78 and made the KP captain remorse his choice to bowl first after successful the toss.

Bangalzai, on the opposite smashed 69 together with 13 scintillating boundaries and paired with Ghumman for the second-wicket partnership of 133 runs.

Following their dismissals, Ali Waqas shone with a superb half-century within the closing session of the day and carried his bat until the top of the day’s play.

He will proceed his inning from 55 with Haseebullah (33) on the opposite finish at the beginning of the second day.

For KP, Irfanullah Shah, Arshad Iqbal, Sarwar Afridi, Ihsanullah and Khalid Usman bagged wicket apiece.

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