Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Afridi marks first-class return with half-century

Published: November 6, 2014
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ENDING THE HIATUS: Shahid Afridi made his comeback in first class cricket for HBL against SBP, scoring 58 off just 40 balls. PHOTO: FILE

ENDING THE HIATUS: Shahid Afridi made his comeback in first class cricket for HBL against SBP, scoring 58 off just 40 balls. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi marked his return to first-class cricket with a typically aggressive half-century for HBL as he made his first appearance in the four-day format after four years.

HBL were able to dismiss SBP for 128 courtesy of Fahad Masood’s four-wicket haul and ended the day on top at 106-3, with Afridi scoring 58 off 40 balls, to finish just 22 runs behind at stumps on the opening day of the fifth round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Silver.

Meanwhile, a magnificent six-wicket haul by Attaullah helped NBP restrict Karachi Dolphins to 207 in their first innings of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold at the National Stadium of Karachi.

Ziaul Haq also took three wickets for the bankers, while Muhammad Waqas was the top-scorer for Dolphins with an impressive 105. NBP had lost a wicket by the end of the day’s play and finished 2-1.

In another match, Bilawal Bhatti and Imran Ali took four wickets each to dismiss Rawalpindi Rams for 158 in their first innings. The visitors were at 26-2 at close of play.

At the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Umar Siddique’s 166 guided Lahore Lions to 300-4 against PQA.

Meanwhile Sohail Tanvir and Usman Shinwari took three wickets apiece for ZTBL against Peshawar Panthers to bowl them out for 160, despite Mussadiq Ahmed’s 89. ZTBL were 78-3 at stumps.

Multan Tigers finished the day on 246-5 against UBL as Abdur Rehman Muzzamil scored 111.

Islamabad Leopards were 225-6 against Wapda as Sarmad Bhatti was at the crease on an unbeaten 40.

In another match, Faheem Ashraf and Sadaqat Ali’s defiant 131-run ninth-wicket partnership helped Faisalabad Wolves post 232 runs against Abbottabad Falcons, who were 10-0 at the end of the day’s play.

At the Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, Imranullah Aslam took five wickets for Bahawalpur Stags to bowl out Sialkot Stallions for 185. In reply, Stags were 116-1 at stumps.

The Hyderabad Hawks posted 260 in their first innings while Karachi Zebras were 47-4 at stumps.

In the remaining matches, Lahore Eagles made 227-9 against Quetta Bears and PTV scored 242-7 with the help of Zeeshan Mushtaq’s 73 against KRL.

 

 

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