Nauman Ali hits maiden first-class century as Northern take a huge lead against KP in QT

By our correspondent

LAHORE: Northern captain Nauman Ali scored his maiden first-class century on the fourth and final day of the round one of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before the match, played at the Gaddafi Stadium, ended in a draw.

Nauman needed 15 runs when play resumed on Saturday. He made 103 off 112 balls – hitting 12 fours and two sixes – and became the third batter in the innings to reach triple digits after youngsters Faizan Riaz and Mubasir Khan had stroked centuries on day three.

Nauman surpassed his previous career-best of 97 that he had recorded in a Test against Zimbabwe at Harare earlier in the year.

Nauman’s overnight partner Umar Amin missed his century by six runs as he was run out on the second ball of the day without scoring any run.

Northern, in their reply of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s 337, had posted a mammoth 511 for eight before declaring the innings after playing six overs and two balls.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa batted for 40 overs and Sahibzada Farhan followed his 71 with 79. He added 125 runs with Israrullah, scored 59.

Northern finished round one with 11 points (five draw, three batting, three bowling) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa collected nine (five draw, three batting, one bowling).

The Punjab Derby at Multan Cricket Stadium also ended in a draw. Central Punjab’s Ahmed Shehzad missed out on a century by nine runs as he was run out. Central Punjab, captained by Azhar Ali, who was unbeaten on 47, declared at 212 for four.

Chasing 344, Southern Punjab had managed 218 for four before umpires called stumps. Zain Abbas (85) and Umar Siddiq (71) added 139 runs for the second wicket.

Left-arm orthodox Zafar Gohar removed both batters and Tayyab Tahir to finish with three wickets in the innings and seven wickets in the match.

Central Punjab from their first match collected 12 (five draw, four batting, three bowling) points and Southern Punjab bagged nine (five draw, two batting, two bowling)

At the Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium, the Balochistan-Sindh fixture also ended in a draw. Sindh were all out for 324 as Raza-ul-Hasan recorded a five-fer, before Balochistan made 100 for two with Imran Butt scoring a half-century.

Balochistan took 10 points (five, draw, three batting, two bowling) from the match and Sindh pocketed nine (five draw, three batting, one bowling).

Scores in brief:

Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa play a draw at Gaddafi Stadium

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 337 all out, 105.1 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 71, Iftikhar Ahmed 51, Israrullah 50, Khalid Usman 39, Sajid Khan 32, Rehan Afridi 26; Musa Khan 5-78, Munir Riaz 2-45)  and 158-1, 40 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 79 not out, Israrullah 59)

Northern 511-8, 144.2 overs (Faizan Riaz 115, Mubasir Khan 112, Nauman Ali 103 not out Umar Amin 94 not out, Nasir Nawaz 25; Sajid Khan 3-88, Imran Khan Snr 3-88)

Match points – Northern 11 (five draw, three batting, three bowling), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 9 (five draw, three batting, one bowling)

Central Punjab and Southern Punjab play a draw at Multan Cricket Stadium

Central Punjab 384 all out, 115.3 overs (Abid Ali 158, Ahmed Shehzad 63, Hussain Talat 52, Junaid Ali 27, Azhar Ali 25; Ali Usman 4-99, Aamer Yamin 2-60, Mohammad Ilyas 2-86) and 212-4, 40.4 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 91, Azhar Ali 47 not out, Abid Ali 41)

Southern Punjab 252-9d, 89.5 overs (Tayyab Tahir 79, Zia-ul-Haq 35, Azam Khan 29, Imran Rafiq 23, Naved Yasin 21; Zafar Gohar 4-93, Ehsan Adil 2-61) and 218-4, 66 overs (Zain Abbas 85, Umar Siddiq 71, Imran Rafiq 35; Zafar Gohar 3-96)

Match points – Central Punjab 12 (five draw, four batting, three bowling), Southern Punjab 9 (five draw, two batting, two bowling)

Sindh and Balochistan play a draw at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad

Balochistan 402 all out, 133 overs (Imran Butt 104, Imam-ul-Haq 97, Bismillah Khan 74, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai 63, Ayyaz Tasawar 30; Mir Hamza 2-32, Mohammad Hasnain 2-47, Mohammad Asghar 2-111, Ashiq Ali 2-129) and 100-2, 43 overs (Imran Butt 51 not out)

Sindh 324-10, 137.4 overs (Khurram Manzoor 153, Saad Khan 70, Mohammad Hasan 43; Raza-ul-Hasan 5-132, Gohar Faiz 2-38, Amad Butt 2-44)

Innings Points – Balochistan 10 (five, draw, three batting, two bowling), Sindh 9 (five draw, three batting, one bowling)00

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