Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Muhammad Sami continues bid for Test return

Paceman takes 7-35 as PQA restrict Peshawar to 126.

Our Correspondent October 31, 2014

KARACHI: Discarded Pakistan Test player Muhammad Sami continued his bid to make it back into the Test fray as he took seven wickets for PQA to bowl out Peshawar Panthers for just 126 on the second day of their fourth-round fixture of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold at Peshawar Arbab Niaz Stadium.

Panthers, resuming their inning on 80-5, were only able to add 46 runs for the loss of five wickets. Gohar Ali was the top scorer with 53. At the end of play, PQA had made 270-5 in 70 overs to take full control of the match as they added to their 40-run first-innings lead.

Meanwhile, another discarded Test player, Kamran Akmal, struck an impressive 126 as NBP posted 390 in their first innings against Multan Tigers, while Akbar Rehman also scored 113. At the end of the day’s play, Multan were 137-3 with Ahmed Rasheed not out on 63.

At Islamabad’s Marghzar Cricket Ground, UBL scored 358-4 against Lahore Lions at stumps. UBL now have a strong 142-run lead.

Wapda, meanwhile, posted a total of 303 in 96 overs against Karachi Dolphins at the National Stadium in Karachi, with the aid of Adnan Raees’ 141 off 263 balls. Adeel Mirza took four wickets for Dolphins, who were 25-0 in their second innings at stumps.

Rawalpindi Rams levelled ZTBL’s first-innings score of 205 runs in 67 overs as Naveed Malik scored 58, while Kashif Dawood claimed four wickets. ZTBL were 29-1 in their second innings at the end of play with the match evenly poised.

Islamabad Leopards made 236 in 72.2 overs as SNGPL’s Imran Ali and Imran Khalid took three wickets apiece. SNGPL were 2-0 at close of play.

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Quetta Bears were bowled out for 186 in 16.5 overs as PIA’s Hazrat Shah took five wickets. PIA were 160-6 at stumps in their second innings with a lead of 153.

KRL added 266 runs to their overnight score in the first innings against Hyderabad Hawks to finish the day on 322-5 with the aid of Saeed Anwar’s 113, in reply to Hawks’ 213.

PTV restricted Lahore Eagles to 213 in the first innings as Muhammad Abbas took five wickets. PTV ended the day at 2-0 of their second innings.

At the Dring Stadium in Bahawalpur, HBL scored 415-8 in their first innings against Bahawalpur Stags, as Bilal Shifayat scored 145, in reply to Stag’s 221.

Meanwhile, Bilal Asif (111) and Faisal Khan (121) guided Sialkot Stallions to 342 in their first innings against SBP, who were at 169-6 at stumps.

SSGC made 297 in 67.3 overs as Saifullah Bangash scored 148 against the Abbottabad Falcons, who finished the day at 24-0 in their second innings, still 50 runs behind.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2014.

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