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Central Punjab dominate second round with commanding win
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019

Central Punjab dominate second round with commanding win

Central Punjab lead the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy points table by a wide margin after becoming the only team to register a win by the end of the second round of the premier domestic first-class competition.

They completed a comprehensive victory over Northern by a whopping innings and 100 runs while the other two games in Karachi and Quetta were drawn.

More number of wickets fell in the second round as opposed to the opening three fixtures with spinners experiencing greater levels of success but batsmen continued to dominate the proceedings.

Central Punjab vs Northern

Central Punjab handed the now-bottom ranked Northern a solid drubbing in the four-day first-class match at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

The Azhar Ali-led side defeated Umar Amin's men by an innings and 100 runs even before the match could enter into the final day.

Following on after their first-innings collapse of 114 all out, Northern could make just 219 as no batsman scored more than Hammad Azam's 38.

Central Punjab spinners Bilal Asif and Zafar Gohar shared 13 wickets between them across the two innings.

Earlier, veterans Azhar and Kamran Akmal forged a stunning 235-run partnership, rescuing the side from a dire position at 134-4 as both of them registered scores in excess of 150.

Central Punjab bagged a total of 24 points – five batting points, three bowling points and 16 for an outright win while Northern got only three points.

Balochistan vs Southern Punjab

Southern Punjab held onto a draw with swift contributions coming from Adnan Akmal and Aamer Yamin on the final day of the first-class match at the Bugti Stadium.

Following on with a deficit of 192 runs, the visitors were in a spot of bother at 198-5 in their second innings before Yamin smashed a 64-ball 61 while Akmal made a brisk 82 from 113 deliveries.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Yasir Shah returned figures of 5-104, taking his tournament tally to ten - the most in this season so far.

Balochistan posted an imposing total of 500-9 in the first innings after centuries from Azeem Ghumman and skipper Imran Farhat.

Later, Southern Punjab were bundled out for 308 in reply with Imran Rafiq scoring 110 while Bilawal Bhatti offered late-order resistance with 57.

Balochistan earned 13 points as Southern Punjab secured 9 points in total.

Sindh vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The first-class encounter between the two sides was interrupted by rain on consecutive days.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa racked up 355-8 declared at the back of centuries from Ashfaq Ahmed and all-rounder Zohaib Khan before Sindh safely negotiated the remaining 30 overs on day four to finish at 81-1 at stumps.

Sindh had made 476-9 declared in their first innings when Fawad Alam and last man Mir Hamza shared an unbeaten 108-run stand for the final wicket.

Fawad brought up the 31st ton of his first-class career in a sublime knock featuring eight boundaries and one maximum.

20-year-old Sindh opener Omair Yousuf made the highest individual score of the second round with 174 from 298 deliveries.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gained three batting points and two bowling points whereas Sindh secured four batting points and two bowling points. Both teams received five points for a draw.