KARACHI: Test batsman Asad Shafiq returned from Pakistan’s dismal 3-0 Test whitewash in South Africa with a century while inspiring his club side to the KCCA Zone-VI Dawood Khan Memorial cricket title here on Friday.
In the final staged at the TMC Ground, Pakistan extracted sweet revenge when they dethroned Alamgir Gymkhana by 51 runs to reclaim the trophy.
Asad led the way with 167 off 108 balls (13 boundaries and seven sixes) as Pakistan CC amassed an imposing 339-4 in the allotted 40 overs. He put on 139 for the second wicket with Saud Shakeel, the talented left-hander who scored a 67-ball 75 with the aid of six fours.
Test paceman Mir Hamza then claimed 4-36 and off-spinner Raza-ul-Hasan 4-53 as Alamgir Gymkhana were dismissed for 288 in 37.4 overs despite fighting knocks from Fahaddis Bukhari (68, four boundaries) and Ahsan Ali (57, eight fours and one six).
PAKISTAN CC 339-6 in 40 overs (Asad Shafiq 167, Saud Shakeel 75, Mohammad Waqas 39, Babar Hussain Agha 26 not out); ALAMGIR GYMKHANA 288 in 37.4 overs (Fahaddis Bukhari 68, Ahsan Ali 57, Mohammad Hassaan Khan 43, Hasan Mohsin 26, Ashir Ahmed 23 not out, Faraz Ali 20, Mir Hamza 4-36, Raza-ul-Hasan 4-53, Danish Aziz 2-68).
Published in Dawn, January 20th, 2019