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Balochistan vs Central Punjab
Imran Butt scored a breezy century as Balochistan continued to dominate their Quaid-e-Azam fixture against Central Punjab on the second day. Butt's hundred was his second ton of the season and his eighth in first class cricket, underscoring the 23-year-old's burgeoning potential. Butt's 137 was complemented by Imran Farhat's 87, the pair putting on 167 for the third wicket. Balochistan's top-order ensured Aizaz Cheema's 37th first class five-fer was not enough to turn the tables in the context of the match.
Central Punjab slipped deeper into the quagmire by the end of the day's play, falling to 28 for 2 inside eight overs with Taj Wali and Mohammad Asghar grabbing a wicket apiece.
Brief scores: Balochistan 450 (Imran Butt 137, Imran Farhat 87; Aizaz Cheema 5-100) lead Central Punjab 28/2 (Mohammad Asghar 1-7) by 422 runs.
Northern vs Sindh
Fawad Alam and Shehzar Mohammad recorded fifties to revive Sindh after they lost a couple of early wickets on Day 2 at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday.
Left-arm pacer Sadaf Hussain accounted for Khurram Manzoor and Rameez Aziz, after which Mohammad dug deep. Alam then took over the reigns and found able company in Anwar Ali as the duo ensured Sindh got a very respectable 247 for 5 at stumps.
Earlier, Northern, resuming the day at 396 for 8, were bowled out for 408. Faizan Riaz was the star as he led a positive batting display with a quick 211 off 200 balls.
Brief scores: Sindh 247 for 5 (73 overs) (Fawad Alam 75 not out, Shahzar Mohammad 74, Anwer Ali 41 not out; Sadaf Hussain 2-40) trail Northern 408 (93.2 overs) (Faizan Riaz 211, Ali Sarfaraz 60; Sohail Khan 3-89, Mir Hamza 3-92) by 161 runs.
Southern Punjab vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa made a very good start in their response to Southern Punjab's first innings total of 338 at the Abbottabad Stadium. Like it was the case on the opening day, stumps were drawn early on day two as well due to bad light with Khyber finishing at 160/2, still 178 runs short. Resuming at 243/5, overnight batsman Sohail Maqsood completed his half-century and was dismissed for 57. Salman Ali Agha, who was also unbeaten at stumps on day 1, made a valuable 45 to guide his side past the 300-run mark. Khyber fetched three points as a result for scoring 338.
Southern Punjab also have three points in the bag now since they picked up nine or more wickets in the 110-over cut-off. In the chase, they lost a wicket very early in the innings and then Ashfaq Ahmed was involved in a 73-run stand with Sahibzada Farhan, who made 47. Ashfaq was then involved in another fruitful partnership to keep his side on track to overtake Khyber's first innings total. At stumps, he remained unbeaten on 88 off 133 balls.
Brief scores: Southern Punjab 338 (Umar Siddiq 88, Sohaib Maqsood 57; Ahmed Jamal 6-93, Junaid Khan 2-89) lead Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 160-2, 41 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 81, Sahibzada Farhan 47, Adil Amin 21) by 178 runs.
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