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Rain dampens opening day of second round QEAT matches

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Rain played an important role on the first day of play of the second round of games in the QeAT 2023-2024 with only the match between Lahore Whites and Rawalpindi that did not suffer a delay.

Whereas the three venues in Abbottabad and Rawalpindi duly influenced play.

In the eighth match of the QEAT, Rawalpindi won the toss and elected to field first. Playing on the batting-friendly conditions of Gaddafi, openers Ahmed Shahzad and Ali Zaryab Asif took charge from the get-go. Getting a century each, the duo put pressure on the opposition bowlers.

The 210-run between the two was eventually broken by when Ahmed retired hurt at 102. A brilliant 182 by Ali remained the highlight of the day.

Despite veteran Abid Ali getting out for just five runs and captain Saad Nasim getting out on a duck, Lahore ended the day in a commanding position.

By the time stumps were called, the Saad-led team was squarely ahead in the game; their scorecard boasting a healthy total of 349 at the expense of 3 wickets.

The toss of another second-round QEAT fixture was delayed significantly due to overnight rain and consequently, a wet outfield. Faisalabad won the toss and invited Sarfaraz-led Karachi Whites to bat first.

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Veteran Khurram Manzoor lost his wicket cheaply. Opener Ammad Alam was then joined by the up-and-coming Omair Bin Yousuf. The two batted together for over a hundred runs, both getting half-centuries.

At the end of the day’s play, Karachi stood at 141, having lost just one wicket. Omair and Ammad remained unbeaten at the crease.

Multan won the toss and chose to field first, on the rain-shortened first day of the sixth match of the QEAT.

Sahibzada Farhan and Israrullah opened the batting for Peshawar. While the latter got out for a duck, Farhan contributed 22 runs before he was removed by Majid Ali.

Kamran Ghulam retired hurt after scoring 6 runs. Waqar Ahmed and Mohammad Ilyas, sent as a night watchman, remained on the crease by the end of the day. Peshawar ended their day at 43-2.

Meanwhile, no play was possible in the seventh match of the ongoing QEAT 2023/24 between FATA Region and Lahore Blues due to a wet outfield.

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