Bismillah Khan leads strong Quetta reply
A round-up of the second day of the opening round of matches in Division 2 of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
Bismillah Khan's maiden first-class century led a strong Quetta reply to Hyderabad's 361 as they finished the second day on 209 for 2 at the Niaz Stadium. Wicketkeeper Bismillah dominated an 81-run opening stand and then added 115 with Taimur Ali. Taimur fell late in the afternoon for a sedate 42 but Bismillah remained unbeaten on 125 off 177 deliveries, hitting 13 fours and three sixes.
Hyderabad's Lal Kumar and Kashif Bhatti had carried on for another 38 runs in the morning, in an eighth-wicket partnership that finally tallied 161. Both fell to fast bowler Arun Lal, and Hyderabad were ultimately bowled out for 361, after having been 170 for 7 at one stage on the first day.
Ahmed Jamal's late strikes put Abbottabad in control on the second day of their encounter against Pakistan Television at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. After conceding a first-innings lead of 69, Pakistan Television were at 93 for 2 when Awais Zia was run out for 40. Jamal then struck twice to reduce them to 114 for 5. With only a 64-run lead at stumps, Pakistan Television's lower order will have to bat well to give themselves something to defend.
Left-arm seamer Saad Altaf's 11th first-class five-wicket haul had earlier reduced Abbottabad to 150 for 8, before Mohammad Kashif (56) and Armaghan Elahi (26 not out) lifted them to 219.
Lahore Shalimar had their noses in front ending the second day on 213 for 4 in reply to Peshawar's 272 at the Sports Complex in Mardan. They would have been in a better position had they not lost the wicket of Arsalan Mir with the score on 203. Arsalan and Usman Salahuddin had added 77 runs for the fourth wicket before Arsalan's dismissal for 45. Salahuddin was unbeaten on 54 and would be key if Lahore are to take a substantial lead. The Lahore top order batsmen got starts but fell to the legspin of Dilawar Khan.
Sajjad Ahmed could score only two more runs in the morning, getting caught behind for 80 as Peshawar were dismissed for 272.
State Bank of Pakistan ended day two of their match against Lahore Ravi at the Lahore Cricket Association Ground on 119 for 3, having bowled Lahore out for 268. Mohtashim Ali and Rameez Alam were the two unbeaten batsmen, on 45 and 25 respectively, having shared a 65-run partnership to steady State Bank after they had slipped to 54 for 3.
Ashraf Ali, who made 80, was the anchor around which Lahore built their first innings. He got little support from the rest though, with extras the next highest score with 33. Mohtashim also took 2 for 15 with his left-arm spin, including the key wicket of Ashraf.