KARACHI – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have done it again – retaining the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with a resounding 169-run victory over Northern in the five-day, day-night final for the 2021-22 edition at the National Stadium, Karachi on Wednesday.
Muhammad Huraira got Northern, who set a 384-run target on the final day, off to a flying start in their monumental chase. The right-hander made history when he scored the seventh run of his innings as he surpassed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Sahibzada Farhan tally of 935 runs in the tournament, setting a unique record of topping the batting charts in his maiden first-class season.
However, they went down fighting as they were bowled out for 214 in their second innings with 18.4 overs left in the final session of the match.
Huraira was later adjudged the best batter of the tournament. The Sialkot-born played a series of delightful shots in his 57 off 49 balls (six fours).
Northern kept losing wickets in their hunt for quick runs as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bowlers kept making inroads.
Mubasir Khan, who was later adjudged the player of the tournament for his all-round contributions for Northern was the last player dismissed with a delighted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Iftikhar Ahmed taking his catch off off-spinner Sajid Khan.
The star bowler, who took four wickets in the first innings, added a five-wicket haul in the second innings to spearhead the Northern batting demise in the second innings.
Iftikhar who was later declared the player of the match for his all-round efforts in the final, took two wickets with his off-spinners while Mohammad Wasim Jnr took two wickets for 38 runs.
Earlier, resuming their second innings with a 270-run advantage, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa succeeded in taking their lead to 383 courtesy Rehan Afridi’s 79 and Sajid Khan’s valuable 39-run contribution in the lower-order.
Afridi who was unbeaten overnight, reached his 50 today. He was dismissed for an enterprising 79 off 110 balls (eight fours, one six). Sajid used the long handle effectively in his 39 off 48 balls (two fours, two sixes).
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were eventually bowled out for 265, setting Northern a 384-run target in a minimum of 64 overs. Left-arm-spinner Mohammad Nawaz took four while Musa Khan took three wickets conceding 65 and 71 runs respectively.
Star players took to social media to praise KPK on their conseutive victory.
The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is a first-class domestic cricket competition in Pakistan. Last year’s title was shared between Central Punjab cricket team and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It was the first time the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy had been tied, and the first tie in the final of a domestic first-class cricket tournament.