Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: A dramatic finish to the season

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – a first-class domestic tournament that started on the 5th of October 2020 – had the last match today. The long duration of almost three months witnessed many great displays of cricket and brilliant performances. Today was the day that one winner was supposed to take the cup home but this is where it gets interesting. Let’s take you through the happenings of one of the most exhilarating final.

The highlights

Kpk was lucky in the toss aspect as they won it and decided to bat first. They also didn’t disappoint their fans in the batting department. Thanks to Kamran Ghulam’s 76 off 129 balls and Adil Amin’s 75 off 202, they were able to put a decent score of 303 on the board. From the CEP side, Hassan Ali’s 4/62 and Waqas Maqsood’s 3/59 proved to be crucial in sending all the batsmen back to the pavilion.

It now turned for CEP to come and show their batting skills. They declared their innings at 259 runs with the loss of 9 wickets, Qasim Akram’s 60 off 102 balls, and Usman Salahuddin 60 off 130 balls were the highlight of the batting side. The restriction of CEP’s batting was done due to the bowling figures of Irfanullah Shah and Khalid Usman who were able to take 4 and 3 wickets respectively.

Captains with the shared trophy. (Photo: PCB)

KPK now had to add some hefty runs to the already pending runs that were hanging on CEP’s neck. Once again, Kamran Ghulam lead from the front and scored a brilliant century, another score that proved vital was Israullah’s 63 off 97 balls. CEP’s bowlers also had their minds set on the trophy as they delivered some brilliant bowling. Waqas Maqsood’s 4/77 and Bilawal Iqbal’s 2/55 were one of the best performances.

Thriller in the last innings

Now came the turn for CEP to chase down the target and get their hands on the beautiful trophy. It wasn’t as easy as it looked though. When some of the batsmen failed to deliver the desired results, Hassan Ali-a bowler himself came to the rescue. Scoring 106 runs off 61 balls, he was indeed their knight in shining armor. Usman Salahuddin’s 67 runs also came in handy. Sajid Khan and Arshad Iqbal from KPK both delivered stunning spells which were 4/86 and 3/100 respectively.

At the end of the day, 3 runs were required. From the looks of it, one team was destined to come on top and the other was destined to fall short but what happened was quite unexpected. Waqas Maqsood played a brain-faded shot which went straight in the hands of mid-on fielder. As shocking it was, the match ended in a tie.

None of the team was able to overpower the other which seems justified as both the team played their heart out. The efforts of both KPK and CEP did not go in vain and both are pronounced as the winners of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020. It was perhaps, the greatest Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match of all time.

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