Umar Akmal rarely ever finds himself out of the news, though he is mostly embroiled in unwanted scandals. This time around, the right-handed batsman cracked a belligerent ton in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy clash between Central Punjab and Sindh to hand his team the advantage in the ongoing match.
Akmal, who faltered in the first innings of the four-day game, set up a dazzling display of breathtaking strokes that put Sindh’s bowling lineup on the back foot. The 29-year-old raced to the 16th century of his first-class career in just 85 deliveries with the help of 14 boundaries and three sixes.
His stellar knock came alongside Salman Butt, who himself batted supremely well as Central Punjab dominated the proceedings following two early wickets. The visitors were 22-2 when Akmal came in to bat and instantly delivered spanking shots that rattled the opposition.