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Pakistan discard Umar Akmal hits ton in Grade-II event

Pakistan discard Umar Akmal hits ton in Grade-II event

KARACHI: Just a day after being deemed ineligible for Pakistan selection, Umar Akmal proved his match fitness with a stroke-laden century on Thursday while leading Candyland in their second-round Patron’s Trophy Grade-II Cricket Tournament match against Haideri Traders.

Umar, omitted for the upcoming limited-overs series in the West Indies, banged a quickfire 124 from only 128 balls as the right-hander struck 18 boundaries and four sixes as Candyland collected 431-9 in the stipulated 83 overs at the NBP Sports Complex.

Mohammad Bilal (78) added 117 for the fifth wicket with Adil Akram who hit an undefeated 129 off 124 deliveries (18 fours and one six) Haideri Traders reached 18-0 in their response when stumps were draw for the day.

Injury-prone Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail continued his comeback with a second successive century in ZTBL’s relatively modest tally of 218 all out against Army at the latter’s home ground in Rawalpindi. The left-hander followed his unbeaten 119 against POL three days ago with 101 off 221 balls (10 fours and one six).

Karachi Port Trust (KPT) took lead on day of the three-day fixture by reaching 160-5 after bowling out Pak Saudi for 154 at the SBP Sports Complex.

State Bank were struggling at 147-6 after dismissing Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for 219 at the UBL Sports Complex.

Mohammad Naqqash scored 101 (197 balls, 14 fours) to help Imex post 327-9 against CDA at the National Ground in Islamabad.

Atif Ali Zaidi slammed an unconquered 110 (200 balls, 10 fours0 as Port Qasim Authority declared at 317-9 against Rahat & Shuja Impex who then made 37-0 at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

Pakistan Television were in complete control by posting 228-3 after having shot out Higher Education Commission (HEC) for a paltry 85 at the Rana Naved-ul-Hasan Academy in Sheikhupura.

Fahad Usman compiled a 202-ball 115 (15 fours) to help Income Tax make 222-5 in 64 overs versus Humak Engineering at the Jinnah Stadium in Gujranwala.

Ashfaq Ahmed excelled with a stroke-filled 154 (179 balls, 13 fours and five sixes) as Brighto Paints amassed 368-5 in 73 overs against K-Electric at the LCCA Ground in Lahore.

Close of play scores on Thursday (day one of three):

Group ‘A’:

At UBL Sports Complex, Karachi: CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY 219 in 58.4 overs (Arsalan Farzand 59, Mirza Ahsan Jamil 36 not out, Usman Usmani 31; Taj Wali 3-42, Asad Raza 3-47, Kashif Bhatti 3-51); STATE BANK 147-6 in 31 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 44, Daniyal Rajput 34 not out; Shahid Nadeem 2-15, Awais Ahmed 2-27, Basit Ali 2-44).

At NBP Sports Complex, Karachi: CANDYLAND 431-9 in 83 overs (Umar Akmal 134, Adil Akram 129 not out, Mohammad Bilal 78; Mohibullah 3-97, Ali Mustafa 3-117); HAIDERI TRADERS 18-0 in 5 overs.

At SBP Sports Complex, Karachi: PAK SAUDI 154 in 50.2 overs (Mohammad Akhtar 71, Ata-ul-Mustafa 30; Faraz Patel 5-67, Sohaib Khan 3-21); KARACHI PORT TRUST 160-5 in 42 overs (Faisal Khan 75 not out; Nadeem Babar 3-42).

Group ‘B’:

At Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi: PAKISTAN CUSTOMS 212 in 50.1 overs (Shahan Akram 98; Waqar Ali 3-43, Tayyab Abbas 3-54, Nauman Nazir 3-65); POL 58-4 in 19 overs (Sarmad Hameed 33 not out; Junaid Ali 2-16).

At Army Cricket Ground, Rawalpindi: ZTBL 218 in 72.2 overs (Haris Sohail 101, Gohar Ali 66, Shakeel Ansar 32; Shoaib Aamir 4-70, Khadim Jan 2-32, Muzaffar Iqbal 2-62); ARMY 60-3 in 15 overs (Mohammad Imran Khan 2-16).

At National Ground, Islamabad: IMEX 327-9 in 83 overs (Mohammad Naqqash 101, Naseerullah Khan 78, Khurram Shahzad 41; Azam Khan 3-86, Musawwar Afridi 2-71); CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 30-1 in 5 overs.

Group ‘C’:

At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: PORT QASIM AUTHORITY 317-9 declared in 80.5 overs (Atif Ali Zaidi 110 not out, Daniyal Ahsan 81, Ali Khan 50, Mohammad Sami 33; Aamir Sohail 4-80, Aitzaz Habib 2-32, Junaid Ashraf 2-42); RAHAT & SHUJA IMPEX 37-0 in 7 overs.

At Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala: INCOME TAX 222-5 in 64 overs (Fahad Usman 115, Mohammad Imran 55; Mohammad Younis 2-43) vs HUMAK ENGINEERING.

At Rana Naved-ul-Hasan Cricket Academy, Sheikhupura: HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION 85 in 37.2 overs (Irfan Zaman 37; Rizwan Akbar 3-29, Hamza Nadeem 3-30, Hasan Mohsin 2-11, Zohaib Ahmed 2-110; PAKISTAN TELEVISION 228-3 in 50 overs (Fawad Khan 77, Hasan Raza Jr 64 not out, Mohammad Irfan 34 not out, Sarmad Bhatti 30).

Group ‘D’:

At LCCA Ground, Lahore: BRIGHTO PAINTS 368-5 in 73 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 154, Agha Salman 86, Mohammad Idrees 60; Ghulam Mudassar 2-62, Hassaan Khan 2-92) vs K-ELECTRIC.

At Railways Cricket Stadium, Lahore: NADRA 207 IN 71.2 overs (Saadullah Zafar 67, Ali Butt 33, Babar Ali 30; Mohammad Rameez 5-66, Hasnain Shah 2-43); RAILWAYS 44-4 in 16 overs (Mohammad Ali 3-25).

At Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot: OMAR ASSOCIATES 210 in 53 overs (Saad Nasim 61; Ahmed Shafiq 4-32, Saif-ur-Rehman 3-34, Mohammad Umair 3-70); GHANI GLASS 164-5 in 33 overs (Rizwan Hussain 92, Shahbaz Javed 31, Gohar Hafeez 31; Noor Wali 5-30).

Published in Dawn, March 17th, 2017

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