Led by Sami Aslam’s unbeaten double-century, Southern Punjab recovered from a precarious position to post a mammoth total of 467 runs in their opening game of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy against Central Punjab. This allowed the Southern Punjab team to install themselves in the driving seat.
However, Central Punjab had no plans to let the opposition steal all the advantage. Against a gigantic score, middle-order batsman Umar Akmal stood tall to smash his 38th first-class half-century, thus leading a strong reply by Southern Punjab. In a captivating innings full of class, the domestic veteran scored 10 sizzling fours and 2 towering sixes to embellish the charm of the knock.
Umar’s delightful batting outing brought his team back on track after the dismissal of openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad who scored gritty half-centuries. Particularly, when skipper Babar Azam fell cheaply, things could have gone to waste. However, Umar used his attacking nature to help Central Punjab stay in game while hunting a formidable total conceded in the first innings. To his dismay, the Lahore born fell 11 runs short of what would have been a magnificent ton.