Batting first, Northern amassed 152/5 in 20 overs courtesy of Ali Imran's 64-run-knock and Sarmad Bhatti's 25. Ali batted at a magnificent strike rate of 148.84 and Sarmad supported him well from the other end.
Ravi Bopara was once again the pick of the bowlers. He picked three wickets in his spell and gave away only 14 runs. Roelof van der Merve, as expected, kept things tight with his canny off-spin and took one wicket in his economical spell.
For MCC, it was a case of batsmen getting in and then getting out after making a steady start. Samit Patel was the lone-ranger for MCC. He scored an unbeaten 39 and kept the touring side in the hunt but a concerted bowling effort from Northern helped the hosts confine Kumar Sangakkara-led side on 143.
Sohail Tanvir led the young bowling attack and returned figures of 1/25 in his four overs while Munir Riaz got two prized scalps and leaked a mere 21 runs. The veteran off-spinner couldn't chip in with wickets but kept things tight and bled a mere 25 runs in his spell.
Bowling has dominated the proceedings in this series so far and it remains to be seen if that will be the trend in the final T20 of this series between Multan Sultans and MCC on February 19.