Third round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 kicks off today

The third round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22 has begun. The first two rounds have given stunning figures comprising16 centuries in which four of them were maiden and three bowlers record maiden five-wicket hauls.

Nineteen-year-old emerging talent Mohammad Huraira, who was part of the national side that featured in the U19 World Cup last year made his maiden first-class century on the final day of Northern’s second-round clash against Central Punjab, which resulted in a draw.

Sahibzada Farhan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also the hero of the national T20 cup scored his first century against Sindh.

Southern Punjab’s Tayyab Tahir excelled with his bat as he smashed 221, becoming only the second batter after Faizan Riaz to score a double-century this season.

Tayyab leads the batting chart with 360 runs and Faizan follows him with 342 runs. Tayyab and Faizan become on top who crossed 300 figures. Central Punjab’s Abid Ali is third with 280 runs.

Nauman Ali, a member of the national Test team, had scored his maiden first-class ton on the last day of round one at the Gaddafi Stadium.

After Northern pacer Musa Khan took five wickets for the first time in the first round, Balochistan off-spinner Raza-ul-Hasan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Niaz Khan recorded their maiden five-wickets haul in the second round.

Central Punjab’s all-rounder Zafar Gohar has accounted for 11 batters at 37.09 runs per wicket. Twenty-one-year-old Musa bagged nine wickets at 20.67, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Imran Khan Snr, Raza-ul-Hasan, and Balochistan’s Ali Usman have clinched seven wickets apiece in two matches.

While all six matches across the first two rounds ended in a draw, Northern, who were the finalists of the 2019-20 edition, are at the top with 23 points – two clear of second-ranked Southern Punjab.

Southern Punjab which is captained by Mohammad Abbas, have collected seven batting points in the first two rounds, which is the joint-most with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Azhar Ali’s Central Punjab, Iftikhar Ahmed’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Imran Butt’s Balochistan are locked on 20 points, with net run-rate separating them. Central Punjab’s better net run-rate has them at third spot, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are fourth and Balochistan are fifth.

Fawad Alam’s Sindh have catching up to do when they face Northern at Multan Cricket Stadium as they are at the bottom of the table with 18 points.

The current points table is here:

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