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Central Punjab win Pakistan Cup: Junaid five for 56 goes in vain
Sports Bulletin Report KARACHI: Central Punjab defeated Balochistan by 50 runs to win the Pakistan Cup 2022-23 title at the State Bank Sports Complex on Monday. Defending 255, Central Punjab fought back to claim the last five Balochistan wickets for 55 runs to dismiss the defending champions for 204 in 42.3 overs. Fast bowler Ali Shafique destroyed Balochistan’s middle-order by dismissing Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (4), Asad Shafiq (0) and Haris Sohail (8) to finish with impressive figures of 7-2-17-3. Ali was well supported by fellow fast bowler Mohammad Ali, who came back strongly in his final spell to claim the wickets of Bismillah Khan and Yasir Shah to end with figures of two for 31. Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar snapped up the wickets of Imran Butt (30) and Amad Butt (seven) to end with two for 32. Bismillah Khan fought a lone battle for Balochistan and finished as the top-scorer with 70 from 77 balls. His innings was studded with eight fours. Together with Mohammad Junaid (27), Bismillah put on 65 runs for the sixth wicket after Balochistan had slipped from 60 for no loss to 84 for five. Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, Central Punjab failed to fully capitalise on a 61-run first wicket partnership between Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Faizan to be dismissed for 254 in 48.2 overs, including losing their last eight wickets for 109 runs. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Junaid was the wrecker-in-chief of Central Punjab’s batting when he picked up the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad, Qasim Akram, Zafar Gohar, Usama Mir and Mohammad Ali to finish with impressive figures of 10-0-56-5. Faizan scored 37 runs from 33 balls with three fours and two sixes before falling to Kashif Bhatti, who added the scalp of Junaid Ali (one) to finish with figures of two for 36. At 65 for two in 13.1 overs, Ahmed Shehzad was joined by top-scorer Tayyab Tahir and put on 80 runs for the third wicket before Junaid dismissed Ahmed and Qasim Akram off successive deliveries to reduce Central Punjab to 145 for four in 27.5 overs. Ahmed contributed 61 from 87 balls with three fours and a six. Tayyab, in association with Zafar Gohar (30), then carried the score to 195 before his run-out in the 37th over derailed Central Punjab’s progression as the last five wickets tumbled for the addition of 59 runs in 71 balls – thanks to a 31-ball 34 by captain Aamer Yamin with two fours and a six. While Tayyab Tahir was adjudged player of the final, Amad Butt of Balochistan was declared player of the Pakistan Cup. By virtue of winning the title, Central Punjab received a winners cheque of PKR5million, whereas Balochistan had to settle with the cash award of PKR2.5million. The Pakistan Cup also brought an end to the 2022-23 domestic cricket season. Sindh won the National T20 and Northern won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, while Central Punjab swept the CA T20, CA Championship and CA Challenge tournament. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the National U19 Cup, while Sindh won the National U19 Championship. Scores in brief: Central Punjab beat Balochistan by 50 runs, State Bank Sports Complex Central Punjab 254 all-out, 48.2 overs (Tayyab Tahir 71, Ahmed Shehzad 61, Mohammad Faizan 37, Aamer Yamin 34, Zafar Gohar 30; Mohammad Junaid 5-56; Kashif Bhatti 2-36) Balochistan 204 all-out, 42.3 overs (Bismillah Khan 70, Imran Butt 30, Haseebullah 27, Mohammad Junaid 27; Ali Shafique 3-17, Mohammad Ali 2-31, Zafar Gohar 2-32) Player of the final – Tayyab Tahir (Central Punjab) Player of the Pakistan Cup: Amad Butt (Balochistan); 365 runs and 19 wickets Best Batter of the Pakistan Cup:  Tayyab Tahir (Central Punjab); 573 Runs Best Bowler of the Pakistan Cup: Usama Mir (Central Punjab); 28 wickets Best Wicketkeeper of the Pakistan Cup: Haseebullah (Balochistan); 551 Runs, 10 dismissals (eight catches and 2 stumps)
Day-1, Bowlers dominate Pakistan Bangladesh U16 three-day fixture
Abdul Jabbar Faisal RAWALPINDI:-Pakistan U16 fast bowler Ahmad Khan took a four-wicket haul as the visiting Bangladesh U16 side were bowled out for 204 on the first day of the three-day match at Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) stadium in Rawalpindi on Friday. In reply, Pakistan U16 were 40 for four in 19.2 overs when play ended 6.4 overs remaining due to bad light. After being put into bat, Bangladesh U16 opener Anik Chaki was dismissed lbw for no score in the first over with Ahmad striking on the fourth ball of the over. However, Tanbir Alam Shah (11) partnered with captain Nayeem Ahmed to carry the score to 35 before returning to the dressing room. Nayeem andRadowan Hossan Siyam added 75 runs for the third wicket to take their side to 110 before the former got dismissed for 93-ball 54 which included 10 fours. Batting at number four, Radowan Hossan Siyam scored 84 off 114 balls laced with 10 fours and four sixes. Ahmad Khan ended-up with figures of four for 43 runs in 16 overs, while Ali Asfand and Aliyan Mahmood equally shared four wickets between them. In Pakistan’s turn at the wicket, Bangladesh got a breakthrough early as opener Ali Hasan was dismissed for seven off eight balls. Mohammad Shehzad (19) and Haseeb Imran (10) carried the score to 40, but were dismissed before close. For Bangladesh, Ahmood Sharif and Mohammad Musfik Hasan took two wickets apiece. Scores in brief: Bangladesh (1st innings) 204 all-out, 63.5 overs (Radowan Hossan Siyam 84, Nayeem Ahmed 54; Ahmad Khan 4-43, Ali Asfand 2-31, Aliyan Mehmood 2-53 ) Pakistan U16 (1st innings) 40-4, 19.2 overs (Mohammad Shehzad 19; Ahmood Sharif 2-6, Mohammad Musfik Hasan 2-9)
Hurairas 162 runs guides Central Punjab to victory
  SB Report (October 20, 2019) LAHORE:-In the third round of the National Under-19 50-over tournament, Central Punjab won a close encounter against Balochistan courtesy 162 runs from Mohammad Huraira and an all-round performance from Qasim Akram (100 runs and three wickets), while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh also won against Southern Punjab and Northern, respectively. At Jinnah Stadium in Sialkot, Central Punjab after being put into bat scored 352 for six in 50 overs courtesy Mohammad Huraira’s 162 off 140 balls with 18 fours and a six. Qasim Akram also contributed with 100 off 88 balls striking eight fours and two sixes. The duo contributed 200 runs partnership for the third wicket. For Balochistan, Mohammad and Mohammad Junaid grabbed two wickets apiece for 59 and 64 runs, respectively. In return, Balochistan were in course of chasing the target with Abdul Wahid Bangalzai and Mohammad scoring centuries. Abdul Wahid’s 106-ball 116 included 14 fours and two sixes, while Mohammad scored 100 from 99 balls and hit 10 fours. Both contributed 195 runs for the second wicket. After the departure of both batsmen, Balochistan tried hard to win the match, and were 339 for nine in 49.2 overs when the match was called off due to bad light.Central Punjab won the match by six runs on DLS method. For Central Punjab, Qasim Akram and Syed Fariuddin Mehmood took three wickets each.  In the second match at KRL Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Nasir Faraz’s unbeaten 81 inspired Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to a six-wicket over Southern Punjab. Southern Punjab, after being put into bat scored 158 for nine in 38 overs, after the match had a delayed start due to wet outfield. Mohammad Asif top-scored with 49-ball 37 and hit three fours and a six. For Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Izhar Ahmed took three wickets for 38 in six overs. In reply, Nasir Faraz’s unbeaten 81 off 66 balls helped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chase down the target inside 28 overs. His innings include 12 fours and a six. Haris Javed was the most successful bowler for Southern Punjab with match figures of 3 for 27 in eight overs. In the third 50-over match of the day, Sindh defeated Northern by 35 runs at the State Bank Ground, Karachi. Sindh after opting to bat managed to score 183 for nine in 50 overs. Kashif Ali struck a 78-ball 56 with two fours and as many sixes For Northern, Hassan Abid Kiani took five wickets for 18.Chasing 184 to win, Northern openers Abdul Fasih and Hassan Abid Kiyani started the innings confidently and contributed 59 for the first wicket partnership. But once the openers were dismissed, Northern lost wickets in regular intervals, and were dismissed for 148 in 47.2 overs. Ziad Khan top-scored with 40 off 67, while Hassan Abid Kiyani and Abdul Fasih scored 38 and 27 runs, respectively.  For Sindh, Arish Ali Khan grabbed four wickets for 22 runs. Scores in brief: Central Punjab U19 v Balochistan U19, Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot Central Punjab U19 352-6, 50 overs (Mohammad Huraira 162, Qasim Akram 100; Mohammad 2-59, Mohammad Junaid 2-64) Balochistan U19 339-9, 49.2 overs (Abdul Wahid Bangalzai 116, Mohammad 100; Qasim Akram 3-63, Syed Fariuddin Mehmood 3-86) Result: Central Punjab U19 won by six runs (DLS method) Southern Punjab U19 v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19, KRL Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Southern Punjab U19 158-9, 38 overs (Mohammad Asif 37; Izhar Ahmed 3-38) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa U19 159-4, 28 overs (Nasir Faraz 81 not-out; Haris Javed 3-27) Result: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won by six wickets Sindh U19 v Northern U19, State Bank Ground, Karachi Sindh U19 183-9, 50 overs (Kashif Ali 56; Hassan Abid Kiyani 5-18) Northern U19 148 all-out, 47.2 overs (Ziad Khan 40, Hassan Abid Kiyani 38, Abdul Fasih 27; Arish Ali Khan 4-22, Mohammad Taha 2-35) Result: Sindh U19 won by 35 runs