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Northern vs Sindh
Faizan Riaz struck a majestic double century to lead Northern's fight back on the opening day of the seventh-round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy against Sindh as his side finished at 396/8 at stumps. Sohail Khan struck very early for Sindh picking up two wickets and Tabish Khan chipped in with one to leave Northern reeling at 15/3 in the opening session before Riaz replied in style. His counterattacking innings stunned Sindh as he first brought up his century off just 91 deliveries.
Even though Sindh kept striking at the other end, Riaz showed no signs of slowing down after going past three figures. He brought up his double century off just 188 deliveries having smashed 26 fours and three sixes. His 178-run partnership for the sixth wicket put Northern on top before Sindh made a late comeback. Riaz fell for 211 as Mir Hamza finished with three wickets.
Brief scores: Northern 396/8 (Faizan Riaz 211, Ali Sarfaraz 60, Hammad Azam 50 not out; Sohail Khan 3-89, Mir Hamza 3-92) vs Sindh.
Southern Punjab vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bad light saw only 75 overs bowled on the opening day between Southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Abbottabad Stadium. Southern Punjab, who had made a very good start, lost their stronghold in the latter part of the day to finish with 243/5. Opener Umar Siddiq held forte at one end and added 91 for the opening wicket with Sami Aslam and then was involved in another half-century partnership with Zeeshan Ashraf.
At 142/1, Southern Punjab would have fancied themselves to finish the day on a high. But Khyber fought back in strong fashion to pick up four wickets for the next 101 runs. Umar departed for a 201-ball 88 with all hopes now pinned on unbeaten overnight batsman Sohaib Maqsood. Ahmed Jamal was the best bowler on the day as he finished with figures of 3 for 53.
Brief scores: Southern Punjab 243-5 (Umar Siddiq 88, Sami Aslam 38, Sohaib Maqsood 38*; Ahmed Jamal 3-53) vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Balochistan vs Central Punjab
Only 60.2 overs were bowled on the opening day of the Balochistan - Central Punjab fixture before bad light cut short the day's play. That was enough time for Balochistan to claim early honours of the game thanks to two solid partnerships at the top of the order. Imran Butt was the headline act of the day, his unbeaten 77 taking his team to 232/2.
Central Punjab captain Ahmed Shehzad was made to rue his decision to field as Balochistan openers Awais Zia and Azeem Ghumman assuredly added 71 for the opening wicket. Even after Awais was dismissed, one-drop Butt ensured Balochistan didn't open a door for Punjab to barge through. Azeem and Imran added another 92 for the second wicket, both batsmen getting to a half-century along the way. Azeem was dismissed by 72 while Imran set about stitching a third partnership, this time with Imran Farhat (30*), before bad light brought a close to the day's proceedings.
Brief scores: Balochistan 232/2 (Imran Butt 77*, Azeem Ghumman 72; Mohammad Ali 1-42) vs Central Punjab
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