Karachi: On the third day of the seventh Quaid-e-Azam trophy round, on Thursday, Central Punjab secured second successive victory by pinning down Northern by six wickets.
In the game, played at the UBL sports complex, even 11 wickets by Northern captain Nauman Ali could not rescue his team.
Central Punjab had 166-run target which they overhauled for four wickets. Muhammad Saad and Qasim Akram remained not-out on 50 & 23 runs respectively.
Earlier Northern resumed their second innings on 77-2 and got bundled out for 156. Nauman Ali and Hammad Azam played an innings of 22 runs each.
CP’s Ahmed Safi stood out with 3-46, Hasan Ali & Bilawal Iqbal snatched three & two scalps respectively.
Northern, in their first attempt, accumulated 243 while Central Punjab responded with 234.
At the National Stadium, Balochistan, while chasing 405 against Southern Punjab, have scored 112-2 at the end of the third day. Imran Farhat is batting on 63 with Akbar-ur-Rehman on 29.
Ali Waqas (14) and Azeem Ghumman (zero) are the two dismissed Balochistan batsmen.
Earlier Southern Punjab resumed the third day at 149-2 and finished up on 312 before getting out & acquired the sizeable 404 runs lead in the process.
Imran Rafiq could not touch the three-figure milestone & perished on 97, Mohammad Omair (59) & Saif Badar (53) were the other prominent batsmen.
Left arm spinner Jalat Khan got five wickets for 76 runs, Umaid Asif claimed three.
At the State Bank Stadium, Sindh are in trouble, against Khyber Pakhtunkha in their second innings. After slipping under the deficit of 185 runs, Sindh have managed 120-5 at the end of the third day.
Sharjeel Khan scored a half century (51) in the second innings as well while Omair Yousuf (6), Asad Shafiq (3) & Saad Khan (2) got dismissed cheaply.
Saud Shakeel after scoring 50 is standing in the middle with Hasan Mohsin (2).
Off-spinner Sajid Khan has again proved his skills by getting three wickets. Mohammad Wasim and Khalid Usman picked up a wicket each.
KP started the day with 260-4 and posted 414 on board to get a handsome lead of 185. Kamran Ghulam topped the chart with a 166-run innings, Rehan Afridi amassed 87.
Fast bowlers Tabish Khan got three, Mir Hamza and Shahnawaz Dhani grabbed two wickets each.