Sami, Adnan rescue Southern Punjab with unbroken 271-run stand against Central Punjab
The unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 271-runs between Sami Aslam and Adnan Akmal led Southern Punjab to 291-4 at the end of the first day in the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Central Punjab at Gaddafi Stadium in Lah Pray.
In a live-stream, there were initial problems for southern Punjab, as they were reduced to 74 during four to the middle of the first session. However, Sami and Adnan, who were not in 151 and 106, respectively in stumps withstood the storm.
The pacemaker of the left arm, Waqas Maqsood, represented Shan’s wicket in the seventh inning by shaking his stumps through the gap between the left-hander’s bat and the front pad.
Hasan Ali soon marked the wicket column in the first ball of his second spell by inducing a blade of Imran Rafiq’s sword to be caught by Babar Azam, the captain of Punjab Central, in the second glide.
Waqas struck in tandem, eliminating Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Siddiq, in a span of five balls during day 23 racking up the problems of the visiting side. These four, however, were the only wickets the home team chose during the day.
Sami and Adnan’s rear-guard efforts brought Southern Punjab back into the match. The duo added 113 races over the course of the afternoon session with the scorecard reading 195 for four at tea.
The two batters struck for centuries in the afternoon session after a brief interval of rain. As Sami glided to three digits, Adnan had his nervous moments as he had two breaths in consecutive balls in 89, with Azhar Ali grabbing an advantage in the Waqas bowling alley.
Before the start of the match, both teams, party officials and PCB president Ehsan Mani held a minute’s silence in the memory of trumpet master Abdul Qadir.
Brief score in summary:
Southern Punjab (first innings) 291-4, 84 overs (Sami Aslam 151 not out, Adnan Akmal 106 not out; Waqas Maqsood 3-51, Hasan Ali 1-67) v Central Punjab
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