Karachi: FATA Region’s Asif Afridi displayed lethal bowling show and captured a six-wicket haul to help his team restrict Faisalabad Region to a modest first inning score of 185 in Pool A match on day one of Inter-Region Qualifying Tournament 2015-16 Round 2 here Tuesday at UBL Sports Complex.
After winning the toss, Faisalabad Region decided to bat first. The team scored 185 runs before losing all of their wickets in 64.1 overs. Waqas Wasif (47 runs), Atif Manzoor (46 runs) and Sharoz Raza (30 runs) batted well for the side. Asif Afridi bowled brilliantly capturing six wickets while giving away 63 runs. Mohammad Irfan took two wickets for 53 runs.
FATA Region started their inning well on the day scoring 90-1 in 29 overs. Mohammad Naeem (41 not out) and Mohammad Sarwar (34 not out) were on crease at the end of the day.
In another Pool A game, which also started on Tuesday here at National Stadium, Abbottabad Region scored 221-5 in 90 overs against Karachi Region Blues. Adnan Younis batted well for the side scoring 105. Khalilullah is still on crease and has scored 80 runs. Mirza Ahsan Jamil bowled well for the hosts capturing three wickets for 54 runs.
Meanwhile, in a Pool B match, which started here at NBP Stadium, Lahore Region Blues batted first and put on board 258 runs in 77.2 overs before losing all of their wickets against Bahawalpur Region. Raza Ali Dar batted impressively scoring 105 off 170 balls. Mohammad Ikhlaq (46 runs) and Farhan (39 runs) also made important contributions for the side. Imranullah Aslam bowled well and hauled five wickets for 76 runs. Mohammad Imran grabbed three while Kamran Hussain took two wickets.
Bahawalpur Region lost two early wickets on the day with only 25 runs on board. Bilawal Iqbal took both wickets for Lahore Region.
In another Pool B match underway at Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad, Sialkot Region has scored 331-8 in 90 overs on the first day against Multan Region. Atiq-ur-Rehman (95 runs) and Ali Raza (91 runs) batted well for the side. Umair Arshad captured four wickets for 94 while Usman Mushtaq took three for 71.