Southern Punjab player Hussain Talat scored a double century. Hussain, playing his 41st first-class match and Talat has praised the Southern Punjab management for giving him the freedom to play his natural game after he crafted a majestic 253 in first match of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020-21.
The 24-year old batsman played a good knock of 256 with the help of thirty three boundaries and six maximums whereas the left-handed opener played a captain’ knock of 134 with the help of fourtine fours before declaring their first innings at 507-9.
Hussain Talat has experienced greater success in the shorter formats was at the top of his game in his side opening game of the event as he partnered with captain Shan Masood for a 185-run stand for the second wicket.
Talat said: This is my first stint with Southern Punjab since I was previously associated with Balochistan. The quality of Southern Punjab team is that the coach and captain motivate you to a great extent.Talat had a significant role to play in his team resurgence as he finished the run charts on number 8 with 3 fifties to his name.
Although the score card would suggest Hussain Talat bossed proceedings from the get-go, he said it was difficult in the beginning to adjust to the surface.
While he ended his 310-ball stay with an attacking strike rate of 81.61,he felt it was important to first take time to dig in and battle through the initial tricky phase of bowler.It wasn’t at all easy, there was turn in the pitch as well as double pace when facing the fast bowlers, which made it difficult.We had just planned that once you get set at the crease, you can score freely playing your shots,” Talat said.
You would have witnessed this in the National T20 Cup where we had lost five matches in a row but our coach told us to go out there and express ourselves: Talat said
He also siad:”He urged us to avoid being reserved and this advice has personally benefitted me.I have been able to remove the little doubt I had and got the belief with the license to play my shots and excel across formats.”
Nauman Ali side, which were dismissed for 165 in 1st innings, were left struggling at 31-3 at stumps and they need 342 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Mohammad Abbas bagged two wickets for their team.
An interesting match was developing at the National Stadium karachi where Fawad Alam was fight against champions Central Punjab in the broadcast match being produced by the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB).
After Central Punjab added two more runs to their overnight score of 205 for 9 to be bowled out for 207 in 86.4 overs, they hit back to reduced Sindh to 113 for six’s before Fawad Alam fought gallantly to see his side to 196 for six from 80 overs at stumps, still 11 runs behind.
Fawad alam who has added 83 runs for the unfinished seventh wicket with Tabish Khan has been batting for over four hours for his 90 not out in which he has faced 265 balls off which 7 have been converted into fours.