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Live Report Day 4: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Final
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Live Report Day 4: Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Final

Good Morning! Welcome to Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final live coverage. Central Punjab (CP) have dominated the proceedings since the start of this final game and are closing in on victory. 

After posting a mammoth total of 675/8d and then deciding to declare, Northern, in reply, haven't been able to emphatically resist CP's dynamic bowling.

Will Northern be able to bat deep and take this game to the fifth day or CP will manage to run through the batting line-up without much fuss?

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An untimely wicket of Umar Amin during the dying moments of the third day highlighted the gulf between the two sides as Northern stare into the abyss. 

They need their youngsters to show some spine as they did in the backend of the tournament to make a strong statement.

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37.6 Ehsan Adil strays on the pads and Haider Ali flicks it away wristily through the acres of vacant spaces at square leg and it flutters away to the rope. That's easy pickings. 

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39.6 Ehsan pitches it short and wide, Faizan Riaz accepts the gift gladly and scythes it away and the ball crashes into the boundary at cover-point. Northern have been very keen on making full use freebies served to them.

Faizan was the rare bright spot for Northern in the first innings as he held the innings together with a splendid century and he was supported well by Pakistan Under-19 captain Rohail Nazir - who chipped in with 80 runs. Faizan has got off to a good start again today and perhaps instilled a ray of hope in the Northern dug-out. 

46.1 Picked the bones out of that, Clean hitting! Haider whacks it over the bowler's head for a maximum and moves into the 90s. This has been truly an enterprising knock! It has been a dauntless batting display from Haider and , on the other side of the picture, Aizaz Cheema is struggling a little bit amidst this onslaught from Northern. 

Bilal in middle of a fine spell

52.3 Bilal Asif strikes early in the piece! Faizan looks for an expansive drive but doesn't time it well and gives an easy catch to Babar Azam at mid-on.

Haider Ali has swiftly registered a hundred on the big stage and he is conspicuously elated. He has looked unflustered and swatted an array of boundaries in his knock.

64.5 Bilal Asif makes the ball talk and gets his third wicket on a pitch that is crumbling. This delivery went on with the arm and hit the top of the middle as Haider went too far away across the stumps and got flummoxed by the bounce and turn. 

Fantastic innings from the promising cricketer but Northern find themselves in deep trouble. At lunch, they are reeling at 241/4 with Rohail still on the crease and Bilal on top of his game. 

Pakistan Under-19 skipper brings up his fifty

It bodes well for the under-19 captain to cash in on his good form before the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa that will commence from January 17. 

Scoring runs in a tough situation while his team is up against the wall is a testament to his solid temperament. 

Rearguard effort from Ali Sarfraz, Rohail

Rohail was batting superbly until he got pinned LBW on a corker of a delivery from Ehsan who kept probing and got the prized breakthrough. 

Ali Sarfraz is not in the mood to knuckle under and is putting up a spirited fightback and eyeing a hundred while Hammad Azam has started his innings with a flurry of boundaries and is scoring swiftly.

Ali departs, Northern still trail by 21

Just when the partnership was looking ominous and set to clear the deficit, Ali Sarfraz edged one to the gully and missed out on a well-deserved century. 

Tough luck but it's laudable how with limited resources, Northern batsmen haven't gone down without a fight and it's a remarkable comeback after getting bundled out on 254 in the first innings. They have certainly made CP's bowlers work hard today. 

Bilal, on the other hand, had a fantastic day at the office and has bagged six wickets now whereas his spin partner Zafar Gohar has, surprisingly, remained wicketless so far. 

Bilal wreaks havoc on Northern, Hammad gives up

Bilal has thrived in conditions that offered him some assistance and he made sure to get the most out of deteriorating fourth-day pitch. He has wrapped up the game rather quickly and Central Punjab get their hands on the coveted Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. 

Bilal and Umar Akmal share the man of the match award; the former got eight wickets in the second innings and the latter struck a stupendous double ton. 

Congratulations to Central Punjab and commiserations to Northern!

The star-studded batting line-up didn't leave a stone unturned and made it easier for their bowlers to attack as CP romp to an innings and 16 runs triumph. 

It's been a clinical performance from CP who were always ahead of the game in this final match but spare a thought for Northern young guns, who put up a good show despite having only two players in their line-up who had represented Pakistan at the apex level (Hammad and Umar Amin). 

Thank you for your company and I hope you enjoyed the final of Pakistan's premier domestic competition.