Pentangular Cup, 5th round, 2nd day March 12, 2008

Hameed smashes 265 as NWFP take lead

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NWFP 503 for 2 (Hameed 265*, Shafiq 181) lead Baluchistan 308 by 195 runs

Yasir Hameed scored 265 to put NWFP in command against Baluchistan © AFP

A mammoth 431-run second-wicket partnership between Yasir Hameed, the Pakistan opener, and Asad Shafiq powered NWFP to 503 for 2 against Baluchistan at stumps on day two in Peshawar.

NWFP, resuming on 36 for 0, lost Rafatullah Mohmand early to Abdur Rauf, but from then on it was all toil for the Baluchistan bowlers. Hameed smashed an unbeaten 265, with 43 fours and six sixes, while Shafiq made 181 off 251 balls, with 33 fours and six, in their stand of 431.

Rauf struck again much later to remove Shafiq, but Hameed was unbeaten at stumps, with his 265 coming off 309 balls.NWFP finished the day with a lead of 195. Rauf conceded 122 off his 21 overs, while Sohaib Maqsood's 16 overs went for 108.

Sind 303 for 6 (Rizwan 79, Iqbal 65, Riaz 4-71) lead Punjab 184 by 119 runs

Sind needed 2.5 overs to take the final wicket in Punjab's first innings, before their batsmen secured a 119-run lead for the loss of six wickets.

After Punjab were bowled out for 184, Sind were reduced to 86 for 3, but a 138-run stand between Rizwan Ahmed and Faisal Iqbal took them into the lead.

Rizwan made a patient 79, while Iqbal chipped in with 65. Wahab Riaz was the key bowler for his team; he removed both Rizwan and Faisal after having snared Khalid Latif and Naumanullah earlier.

Shahid Afridi, the Sind captain, fell for 14, but Fawad Alam and Safraz Ahmed remained unbeaten in the 20s as Sind closed the day at 303 for 6. Riaz took 4 for 71 from his 22 overs.