Punjab v Sind, Pentangular Cup final, Lahore, 1st day February 18, 2012

Sajjad ton makes it Punjab's day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Punjab 266 for 3 (Sajjad 119*, Taufeeq 51, Salahuddin 57) v Sind

An unbeaten century from Aamer Sajjad, and half-centuries from Taufeeq Umar and Usman Salahuddin, put Punjab in a position of strength at the end of the first day of the Pentangular Cup final, in Lahore. The spotlight after the first day's play was on Sind captain Danish Kaneria, whose name was mentioned in an English court in relation to the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case. During the game, though, it was Sajjad who shone.

He came to the wicket as early as the fourth over, and batted through the day, facing 270 deliveries to reach 119 not out. Sajjad was first given company by Taufeeq Umar, who was coming off a disappointing Test series for Pakistan, against England in the UAE. Taufeeq reached a half-century and added 102 runs with Sajjad before being dismissed by Kaneria.

Salahuddin had scored centuries in each of his last three matches, and once again began compiling an innings. He shared a 116-run stand with Sajjad, but was bowled by Kaneria on 67. Sajjad survived till the end of the day and has the opportunity to take Punjab to an imposing total on the second day.