Stand-in skipper for Northern, Nauman Ali delivered a breathtaking bowling performance against Central Punjab in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture between the two sides. The 33-year-old spinner claimed 8 wickets for 71 runs, his career-best figures in first-class cricket.
Raza Hasan and Sadaf Hussain were the other two bowlers to get a wicket each as Northern rode on the fantastic bowling heroics from Nauman. Finding extravagant turn on the slow Faisalabad surface, he kept the ball in tight lines to induce false strokes from the batsmen.
Central Punjab had gotten off to a strong start thanks to half-centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal but Nauman returned to rattle the middle-order with his sharp off-breaks. With subtle variations in pace and length, he caused the demise of Central Punjab, who were eventually bundled out for a paltry total of 226.