Ahmed Safi Abdullah shines with bat and ball in first game of QeAT 2023-2024

The all-rounder has left a lasting impression with his outstanding performances

By Web Desk
September 12, 2023
Ahmed Safi Abdullah appeals to umpire - PCB

Ahmed Safi Abdullah, representing Faisalabad in the QeAT 2023-2024, has left a lasting impression with his outstanding performances during the initial round of matches. His remarkable contributions in the game against Rawalpindi included a gritty half-century in the second innings and two crucial wickets in the third, culminating in a total of ten wickets for the match. This remarkable display of skill took place at the Shoaib Akhtar Cricket Stadium Rawalpindi, establishing Ahmed as the standout performer for his team in this encounter.

Faisalabad vs Multan:

Faisalabad commenced the day's play with a score of 178 for the loss of five wickets, with Asif Ali and Ahmed Safi Abdullah at the crease. Following an early dismissal of Asif, Ahmed took charge and partnered effectively with Ali Shan, contributing 59 runs to maintain the team's momentum. However, once their partnership was broken, the Multan bowlers swiftly cleaned up the tail, and Faisalabad concluded their innings at 269 runs.

Captain Zain Abbas's departure came early in Multan's innings, and it was Imran Rafiq and Sharoon Siraj who then stabilized their batting, forming a partnership of 58 runs. However, once this partnership was disrupted, Zain's team faced a flurry of wickets, concluding the day at 155-5 after 52 overs, holding a lead of 119 runs.

Lahore Blue vs Lahore White:

At the start of the third day's play in this match, Lahore White had posted a score of 254-7. All-rounder Aamir Jamal fell early in the day, setting the stage for centurion Saad Nasim and Mohammad Irfan to take the crease. The duo showcased extraordinary batting prowess, adding 130 runs to the scoreboard. Saad, displaying remarkable resilience, achieved a magnificent double century that spanned two days of play. The Saad-led side was eventually dismissed with a colossal total of 432 runs.

Imran Butt's Lahore Blue team began their third innings, trailing by 184 runs. However, both the captain and senior batsman Usman Salahuddin were dismissed early. At the end of the day's play, Lahore Blues had reached 61-2 in 26 overs, with Rizwan Hussain and Umar Siddiq occupying the crease.

Peshawar vs Karachi Whites:

Peshawar began the day's play at 231 for the loss of five wickets. However, they suffered the loss of three wickets early in the day, with Abuzar Tariq, Sajid Khan, and Abbas Afridi falling in succession. Peshawar was eventually bowled out for a total of 301 runs, with medium-pacer Ghulam Mudassar making a significant impact, securing a crucial three-wicket haul.

Habibullah, the opener for Karachi Whites, was dismissed cheaply at the outset of their second innings. Both Danish Aziz and Ammad Alam failed to establish a substantial presence at the crease. It was the partnership between Omair bin Yousaf and Asad Shafiq, which yielded 113 runs, that restored stability for the Sarfaraz-led team. However, the dismissal of Omair was followed by the fall of two more wickets. At the end of the day's play, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Aftab remained at the crease, with the scorecard reading 249-6.

FATA vs Rawalpindi:

Rawalpindi began the day with a score of 129-8. The team, led by Umar Waheed, managed to reach a total of 144 runs before being bowled out by their opponents. After losing both openers for just one run each, Captain Khushdil Shah constructed a crucial 63-run partnership with Salman Khan Jnr. Despite wickets falling at the other end, Salman held his ground and accomplished a splendid century. Khushdil eventually declared the innings at 225-6, setting a target of 400 for the opposition.

Abdul Faseeh and Hassan Raza opened the batting for Rawalpindi and were still at the crease at the close of play, with respective scores of 7 and 9. The day concluded with Rawalpindi at 16-0 after eight overs of batting.