Mukhtar, Tayyab hit tons for S Punjab

Mukhtar, Tayyab hit tons for S Punjab

LAHORE: Opening batsman Mukhtar Ahmed and middle-order batsman Tayyab Tahir struck centuries for Southern Punjab against Khyber Pakh­tu­n­khwa on day one of the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Tro­­phy 2nd XI tournament at the State Bank Stadium in Karachi on Tue­sday, says a PCB press release.

Southern Punjab, electing to bat first, managed to score 369 for five in 83 overs. Anas Mustafa and Mukhtar Ahmed contributed 137 runs for the first-wicket partnership. Anas’ innings of 61 from 90 balls included seven fours and a six.

Mukhtar scored 103 off 183 balls. His 223 minutes stay at the crease included eight fours and a six.

Tayyab Tahir, coming to bat at number four, scored a quick-fire unbeaten 90-ball 107, hitting four fours and six sixes. He contributed an undefeated 141-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Mohammad Umair (45 off 52 balls). For Khyber Pakhtun­khwa, left-arm spinner Asif Afridi took two wickets for 87 runs in 27 overs.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa we­re 27 for no loss in five overs when stumps were drawn for the day.

Scores in brief: Southern Punjab 369-5, 83 overs (Tayyab Tahir 107 not out, Mukhtar Ahmed 103, Anas Mustafa 61, Mohammad Umair 45 not out; Asif Afridi 2-87). Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 27-0, five overs.

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