The fifth round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has seen a continuation of the trend of batsmen scoring prolifically on flat surfaces. The encounter between Northern and Southern Punjab in Sialkot thus saw the batting pair Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik stich a towering stand in excess of 300 runs on the opening day of the first-class fixture.
22-year-old Zeeshan, just playing in his tenth red-ball game, brought up his maiden ton in the format before building upon the strong start to the innings and going on to rack up a stunning double century. He found ample support from Umar, who was unbeaten at 153 from just 205 deliveries at stumps.
Haider Ali was the sole batsman to be dismissed during the first day’s proceedings, getting out to Rahat Ali. Following the early strike, the two added 358 runs for the second wicket and kept the scoring rate above four runs per over. Umar finally departed for a stupendous 156 while Zeeshan made 216 before getting out on the second day.