Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2022-23
Northern suffered their first loss of the tournament when Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ended an otherwise disappointing season on a high on day four of the tenth and final round of the 2022-23 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament at the Shoaib Akhtar Stadium in Rawalpindi.
LIVE RESULTS AND STATS – Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2022-23
Sindh confirmed his place in the finals for the first time in the revised domestic season (from 2019-20) by scoring a dominant draw against Baluchistan at the LCCA Ground, Lahore, while Central Punjab narrowly lost their place in the finals after a stalemate against Balochistan missed South Punjab at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Northern meets Sindh in the five-day tournament final at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium starting Saturday 26 November.
Northern finished top of the table with 135 points. Sindh was second with 128 points while Central Punjab was third with 124 points. Balochistan collected 114 points and finished fourth. The southern Punjab had to contend with a fifth-place finish on 89 points and despite his impressive tenth-round win, defending champion Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finished sixth on 78 points.
On Wednesday, Baluchistan resumed its first innings at 240 for two. Imran Butt, who hit his hundreds yesterday, got the 195th score with 314 balls (35 fours). Imran added 210 runs for the third wicket with his captain Asad Shafiq also breaking three figures. The veteran Test batsman was dismissed for 105 of 144 balls (19 fours).
However, Baluchistan lost their last eight wickets for 93 runs and was thrown out for 485 in 132.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Danish Aziz, drafted into the eleven yesterday, took five wickets for 75 runs. Off spinner Aalyan Mehmood took three wickets.
Sindh then challenged Balochistan to continue, Balochistan were 31 to one as stumps were drawn for the last time in the game.
Central Punjab were thrown out for 490 (119.2 overs) in their first innings in the first session today to give Southern Punjab a 60 run lead. Captain Muhammad Saad was sacked for 182 balls out of 280 (20 fours, one six). All-rounder Aamer Yamin scored 50 of just 43 balls (seven fours, one six). Skippers Hasan Ali and Hassan Khan each took three wickets for Southern Punjab.
Southern Punjab had another superb game with the racquet as Usman Salahuddin ended a top-flight season unbeaten 100 from 134 (10 fours, three sixes). Opener Sharon Siraj contributed 74 runs (121 balls, 12 foursomes).
The match was declared a draw against Southern Punjab at 216 for two in 55 overs.
Northern resumed his second innings at 46 for four. The minor league couldn’t put up much resistance to the bowlers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as Northern came out of the bowling for 171 in 73.5 overs to give their opponents an innings and a 50-run win.
Faizan Riaz didn’t come out to bat due to injury. Wicketkeeper batter Rohail Nazir, who scored 82 points in the first innings, also fought hard in the second innings with 62 balls from 158 (eight fours).
Hasan Raza scored 45 runs. Off-spinner Sajid Khan won five wickets for 50 in 20.5 overs. Mohammad Imran took three wickets for 47 in 17 overs.
Results in brief:
Balochistan vs. Sindh – Match at LCCA Ground, Lahore
Sindh 644 for 6 (declared) 165.1 overs (Saud Shakeel 181, Khurram Manzoor 174, Saad Khan 87, Omair bin Yousuf 71, Fawad Alam 62 not out; Kashif Bhatti 3-142)
Balochistan 485 overall winners, 132.5 overs (Imran Butt 195, Asad Shafiq 105, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai 52; Danish Aziz 5-75, Aaliyan Mehmood 3-136) and 31 for 1.4 overs
Central Punjab vs Southern Punjab – Match at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Southern Punjab 550 for 8 (declared) 126 overs (Salman Ali Agha 158 not out, Zeeshan Ashraf 145, Imran Rafiq 117, Hasan Ali 38; Qasim Akram 3-43, Umaid Asif 2-87) and 216 for 2, 55 overs ( Usman Salahuddin 100 not outside, Sharoon Siraj 74; Umaid Asif 1-16)
Central Punjab 490 with 119.2 total overs (Mohammad Saad 182, Qasim Akram 138, Aamer Yamin 50; Hasan Ali 3-108, Hassan Khan 3-120)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Northern at Shoaib Akhtar Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi by innings and 50 runs
Northern 223 total, 72.2 overs (Rohail Nazir 82, Mubasir Khan 31; Ihsanullah 4-41, Niaz Khan 3-59) and 171, total 73.5 overs (Rohail Nazir 62, Hasan Raza 45; Sajid Khan 5-50 , Mohammad Imran 3-47)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 444 all-out, 132.4 overs (Maaz Sadaqat 91, Kamran Ghulam 81, Mohammad Imran 55 not outside, Mohammad Haris 52; Kashif Ali 3-90, Mehran Mumtaz 2-86)
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