October 4, 2001

Test discard Ijaz Jr slams 103 for ABL

Former Test batsman Ijaz Ahmed Jr hit 103 to help Allied Bank score 269 for five in their first innings on the opening day of their Patron's Trophy fixture against Wapda at Sheikhupura Stadium Wednesday.

Ijaz, who struck 12 boundaries during 219-ball knock, was fifth man out after sharing two useful partnerships, says a message here. Wapda, having suffered successive innings defeats against Pakistan Customs and KRL, were unable to cash in after the bankers lost two for 69. Mohammad Nawaz (35, six fours) and the left-handed Usman Tariq (24) started well with a first wicket stand of 54 once skipper Aqib Javed had won the toss and decided to bat. Ijaz then joined hands with Naved Latif (29, six fours) in a third wicket partnership worth 64.

Taimur Khan, who is still at the crease with 43 to his credit, provided excellent support to Ijaz during a 118-run stand for the fifth wicket before the latter was bowled by left-arm pacer Sarfraz Ahmed. Taimur's unbeaten 121-ball innings includes four hits to the fence. Off-spinner Aqeel Ahmed was Wapda's chief wicket-taker with four for 106 in 31 overs.