Pakistan spinner Zahid Mahmood castles batsman with a magical delivery in QeA Trophy
The batsman maintained his pose for a while as he could not believe how he was beaten.
Updated - Dec 9, 2020 5:38 pm
In a game where bowlers have made merry so far, Zahid Mahmood managed to pick up just one wicket in the first innings of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy between Southern Punjab and Balochistan. However, one can say that the leg-spinner will remember the wicket for a long, long time as he dismissed Ayaz Tasawar with a stunning spinning delivery.
Tasawar was waging a lone battle for his side as his teammates fell like a pack of cards. Balochistan’s top-order fared poorly and they were reeling at 25 for 5 at one stage. At that time, it looked like they would not even touch the 50-run mark. However, Tasawar held firm from one end and found good support from the lower-order batsmen.
He shared a 48-run stand with No 8 Bismillah Khan who scored 24. No 9 Kashif Bhatti departed for just two before Tasawar added 49 more runs in the company of Jalat Khan (20) and Taj Wali (0*). He was standing like a rock at one end and Southern Punjab needed something special to get rid of him before Mahmood came up with a dream delivery.
He bowled one that landed well outside the off-stump. Tasawar decided to defend the ball and went forward for the same. But before he could defend the ball, it spun sharply and went past him to hit the leg-stump. Tasawar maintained his pose for a while as he could not believe how he was beaten.
Here is a clip of the dismissal from Zahid Mahmood:
OUT! Ayaz Tasawar has been clean bowled by Zahid Mahmood, Brings to end a wonderful knock from the left-hander. Gone for 76.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 9, 2020
Southern Punjab on top
Southern Punjab are at the top of the proceedings so far against Balochistan. At stumps on day two, there were on 32 for no loss with their overall lead extended to 124. Zain Abbas and Imran Rafiq were unbeaten at the crease when the stumps were called. Earlier in the game, Southern Punjab had scored 256 after electing to bat first.
They were looking set to end below 200 at one stage before a 62-run last-wicket partnership between Zahid Mahmood (45) and Zia-ul-Haq (16 not out) carried them to a good total. The other notable contributions came from Salman Ali Agha (50) and Zain Abbas (40). In reply, Balochistan were all out for 164.