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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Abdullah Shafique scored his third century in this season

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Central Punjab’s Abdullah Shafiq scored his third century in the ongoing Quaid-i-Azam Trophy season.

According to details, the 23-year-old right-handed opener scored his third century in the four-day match against Northern at the LCCA ground today.

Abdullah Shafiq has entered the list as the highest run scorer in the eighth round.

At the end of the game Central Punjab scored 302 for five in 82 overs with Abdullah’s brilliant innings of 155 runs scored at an impressive strike rate of 70.45.

Abdullah’s innings included 20 fours and three sixes, he faced 155 runs off 220 balls.

In the match, Musa Khan did better than opener Abid Ali and one-drop Mohammad Saad to restrict Central Punjab to 34 for two.

Soon Tayyab Tahir, who has been in good form this season, was replaced by Nauman Ali, Central Punjab were in trouble after falling for three wickets for 50 runs.

But then Abdullah took control of the batting. He added a crucial 92 with Qasim Akram, who scored 38 off 97 balls before being lbw by Mubaser Khan for the fourth wicket.

The highlight of Central Punjab’s innings, however, was the 145-run rear-guard partnership between Abdullah and Faheem Ashraf that gave them a firm grip on the match.

The partnership ended when Abdullah was caught out by Amir Jamal.

It may be noted that Abdullah Shafiq has now scored 791 runs in 11 innings at an excellent average of 79.10, which is the best performance in the longer format.

Abdullah Shafiq’s excellent form also bodes well for Pakistan, who will host England and New Zealand for three and two Tests respectively this winter.

Abdullah has already scored 736 runs at an impressive average of 67 in a short career of seven Tests, which includes two centuries and five fifties.

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