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.
Let's congratulate the top performers from The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-2022. Who's performance had you on your toes?— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 29, 2021
Player of the match: Iftikhar Ahmed
Best Batter: Mohammad Huraira
Player of the tournament: Mubasir Khan
Best Wicketkeeper: Rohail Nazir pic.twitter.com/dCQSGQpxpC
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.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain @IftiAhmed221 and Northern captain @UmerAmin200 review their respective team's performance in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22.#QeAT #HarHaalMainCricket pic.twitter.com/LuwF81cEs3— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 29, 2021
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.
Another huge title for KP. Absolutely thrilled to be the part of this champion team. Much praises for entire team, coaching and support staff. Hard luck Team Northern. You played well. #NORvKP #QeAT pic.twitter.com/lurZGjPNP1— Fakhar Zaman (@FakharZamanLive) December 29, 2021
Congratulations Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for winning the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2021-22. This is the result of sheer hard work and selfless efforts from everyone involved. Huge shout out to support staff, coaches and every single team member. #NORvKP #QeAT 🏆 pic.twitter.com/5U1HVWyvkc— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) December 29, 2021
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.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|