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Talat 253, Mahmood 10-fer help Southern Punjab thrash Northern by an innings
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Talat 253, Mahmood 10-fer help Southern Punjab thrash Northern by an innings

Zahid Mahmood collected his maiden 10-wicket haul for the match as Southern Punjab pulverised Northern to claim an innings victory with a day and a half to spare.

Following a successful stint in the National T20 Cup, Mahmood spun his side to a commanding triumph by scalping six wickets on the third day of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy clash.

The crafty leg-spinner followed up his first innings figures of 9.4-2-41-4 with a career-best 14.1-3-57-6 to record match figures of 23.5-5-98-10.

On way to his six-fer, Zahid crossed the 100-wicket mark and now has 102 wickets at an average of 39.12 in the four-day format.

His performance with the red Kookaburra ball has come after he finished as the ninth most successful bowler in the National T20 Cup with 12 wickets.

Northern, trailing by 342 runs on the first innings and resuming the third day at 31 for three, were sent packing for 246 with Hammad Azam finishing as the top-scorer with a 117-ball 79 that included eight fours and two sixes.

He became one of Zahid Mahmood’s victims, who also picked up the scalps of Faizan Riaz (36), Asif Ali (39), Nauman Ali (32), Salman Irshad (0) and Waqas Ahmed (0).

Earlier in the game, the headlines were dominated by double centurion Hussain Talat, who amassed a glorious 253 to take his team to an astonishing first-innings total of 507-9 declared.

From this fixture, Southern Punjab collected 28 points, including 16 for an outright win, one for an innings victory, five for batting and six for bowling. In contrast, Northern had to settle with two bowling points.