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Live Report Day 1: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Final
QeA Final

Live Report Day 1: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Final

The Final between Northern and Central Punjab (CP) is up and running at National Stadium, Karachi. Northern have won the toss and opted to bat first and they have already lost two early wickets as Aizaz Cheema has snared Haider Ali and Umar Amin early in the piece. 

Bowlers wreak havoc on Northern

Zeeshan Malik and Faizan Riaz are out in the middle doing some rebuilding work after an early hiccup and so far they have shown dogged resistance against fired up Northern pace arsenal. 

An impressive bowling attack featuring the likes of Faheem Ashraf, Ehsan Adil and the leader of the pace attack, Aizaz Cheema, are looking for more wickers with the new cherry. 

Live Score: CP vs NOR, FINAL, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019

Faheem struck gold in opening burst

Faheem has outfoxed Zeeshan and Ali Sarfraz by bowling scorching deliveries in the channel and he is creating all sorts of problems for the overwhelmed batsmen.

16.3 Wickets continue to tumble for Northern as Hammad Azam capitulates under pressure and nicks one through to the keeper. Faheem is on fire! 

Pakistan Under-19 captain and wicketkeeper-batsman, Rohail Nazir, who is in good nick these days, is battling it out in trying conditions.

Faizan into the 40s

Faizan has remained unscathed so far and he is into the 40s. It is getting a bit easier to bat as the ball softens up and Zafar Gohar has taken control from one end, bowling with nice loop and rhythm. 

26.1 Faizan Riaz scores a valiant half-century. He now needs to push on and convert this to a century as the partnership blossoms between him and Rohail.

33.6 Faizan skips down the track and tonks a blistering inside-out shot over extra cover and ruins Bilal Asif's over with this elegant boundary.

Lunch on day one

A brilliant stand [approaching 100] between Rohail (48*) and Faizan (81*) is making Punjab bowlers think hard. Runs are coming thick and fast and the counter-attacking is working in Northern's favour.

Post-lunch session, Rohail brings up his fifty

Faizan takes on the off-spinner, Zafar, and smashes him for two pristine boundaries on consecutive deliveries. Both batsmen are continuing on their merry way as Northern show resurgence in the same fashion as they did earlier in this tournament. 

Rohail has shown why is he is seen as a solid middle-order batsman who can transition smoothly into the Pakistan national side. He has shown tremendous grit and strong temperament so far. 

Faizan makes a spellbinding century

Faizan has made his good start count and has waltzed to his century. He has played some lovely wristy flicks through the leg side, slog-swept Zafar, in particular, and executed skilful cut shots behind square. It's a crucial knock keeping in view the early batting collapse and now this partnership is looking ominous. 

Faheem strikes again, centurion back in the hut

50.4 Faheem bowls a teasing delivery in the corridor and induces a tickle as Faizan tries to slices it away to the covers. Just when Northern got some semblance of control, Faizan throws it away. 

He would be lamenting himself for the lapse of concentration but credit to Faheem for sticking to his guns and bowling at the nagging line as he always does. 

Bilal Asif produces a ripper

55.2 Nauman Ali makes an early exit and falls prey to Bilal's cunning drifting methods. Rohail has to play Asad Shafiq's kind of role here and protect the tail-enders in a bid to push the first innings score to somewhere around 300 mark.

Rohail holes out to long-on

57.1 He went for an almighty heave over the bowler's head and got the height but not the distance. Take a bow for Zafar Gohar as he takes a sprawling catch running from cow corner towards long-on and he locked his eyes on the ball, tracked it all the way in the air. Marvellous innings from Rohail [80] but he would have dearly liked to continue for another 10-20 overs.

Bilal is getting through the tail quickly and sheds another wicket (his third) by dislodging Waqas Ahmed as he miscues a pull. 

Faheem bags a fifer, Northern amass 254 in first innings 

Castles Muhammad Musa by bowling at the stumps and hitting the poles as Northern get bowled out on 254. Faheem, who was in the good books of Mickey Arthur, bowled exceedingly well today and forced the batsmen to play jailbreak shots as he didn't let them get off the hook throughout the day.

Central Punjab lose their first wicket

7.4 Ahmed Shehzad makes an early departure as he spoons to extra cover, playing with hard hands and played an indecisive shot in the end. Nauman Ali does what he does best, befuddles him with his subtle variation but the star-studded batting line-up that CP possess can certainly calm things down as Azhar Ali takes guard.

17.6 Salman Butt, with loads of experience, is showing his prowess with the bat and taking a liking to the spin of Nauman. He just plonked him over midwicket for a sizzling boundary as he danced down the track, got to the pitch of the ball in a jiffy and got right underneath that stroke. He is now just a hit away from a half-century. Musa Khan, the rookie speedster, is running in hard and getting the new Kookaburra ball to whoosh through outside off. 

Stumps on day one

Salman Butt is looking solid at 48* while Pakistan Test team captain Azhar Ali is finding his mojo with the bat. He thumped a dominating hundred against Sri Lanka just a few days ago in National Stadium, Karachi and has got off to a good start today in the QeA Final. Northern will have to up the ante tomorrow to prevent a colossal first-innings lead. 

Northern peaked at the right time in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and booked their berth in the Final by some dazzling performances of late and they are up against table-toppers Central Punjab.