Left-arm experienced spinner Nauman Ali bowled brilliantly and took eight wickets to put Northern in a commanding position against Central Punjab (CP) on Day 1 of the sixth round in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Nauman conceded just 71 runs in his 20 overs and rattled the opponent’s batting line completely with his variety. Cp was bowled out for just 226 runs.
Skipper Ahmed Shahzad was the highest scorer for CP with 55 runs while Umar Akmal contributed 52 runs.
In reply, Northern closed Day for the loss of one wicket for 47 runs. Zeeshan Malik (13*) and Umar Amin (19*) will resume the inning for them on Tuesday.
On the other hand at Bugti Stadium Quetta, Sami Aslam (149*) and Umar Siddique (130) put 283 runs together on the scoreboard for Southern Punjab. They reached 296-1 at stumps on Day1.
Mohammad Asghar of Baluchistan bagged a wicket of Umar to give the first breakthrough to the home side.
In another game, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa closed Day 1 at 225-6 against Sindh. Sahibzada Farhan scored highest 88 runs on opening day. Israrullah made 36.
Rehan Afridi (33*) and Sajid Khan (17*) will resume the inning for KP on Day 2.
From Sindh, Sohail Khan bagged two wickets while Mir Hamza, Tabish Khan, Anwar Ali and Hassan Khan shared a wicket apiece.