Pentangular Cup, 3rd round, 4th day

Monday, March 3, 2008

North West Frontier Province 573 (Alam 178, Hameed 107, Mohmand 100, Tanvir 4-132) drew with Federal Areas 390 (Bazid 170, Ashraf 78, Arafat 58, Habib 4-76) and 296 for 5 (Bazid 100, Zaidi 75)

Bazid Khan seems to have taken a liking to the North West Frontier Province in Peshawar, he scored 170 in Federal Areas' first innings on Saturday, and made another century on Sunday as his team followed on.

Bazid's second ton for the match - an even 100 - ensured Federal Areas avoided a defeat, after they fell 183 runs short of NWFP's 573 in their first innings. Asked to follow on, Federal Areas were given a solid start by their openers Raheel Majeed and Afaq Raheem. The two added 53 before Waqar Ahmed snared them both in quick succession.

The next three batsmen, however, consolidated on the foundation provided to bat their team to safety. Ashar Zaidi made 75 and put on 169 runs for the third wicket with Bazid. His 75 contained nine fours and two sixes and came off 143 deliveries, while Bazid took 164 for his 100, which included 13 boundaries.

Yasir Shah, the legbreak bowler, dismissed the duo, but by then Federal Areas had wiped out the deficit. Sohail Tanvir helped himself to a 39-ball 50, as his team finished the day at 296 for 5.

Earlier, resuming on 381 for 8 in their first innings, Federal Areas could add only nine runs. Nauman Habib ended with 4 for 76 for the innings, while Yasir scalped three.

Despite earning no points from this game, Federal Areas are second in the table after Sind, three points ahead of NWFP in third.

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