Ton-up Azhar, Umar take strong lead for Central Punjab against Northern


Centurions Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal left a strong impression on Northern as Central (CP) Punjab took a strong 212-run lead over opponents on Day 2 of the final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at National Stadium Karachi.

Azhar, continuing his form from 118 runs knock against Sri Lanka in the second Test at the same turf, scored 119 runs after CP resumed Day 2 at 87-1. He along with Salman Butt (74) added 95 runs together to his team’s total after Ahmed Shahzad’s departure for just 30 runs.

Young Musa Khan bagged well-set Butt before Lunch to give a much-needed breakthrough to Northern. However, Babar Azam’s arrival once again put them under pressure. Babar partnered with his Test skipper to score 125 runs to further strengthen the score of his team. He fell to Sadaf Hussain after scoring 69 runs off 89 balls.

After Babar, Umar Akmal joined Azhar at the crease and the pair went onto mark dominancy once again for CP and scored 93 runs together. Northern’s skipper bagged Azhar to record his second wicket in the inning while Akmal remained not out for 123 runs along with Zafar Gohar for 9.

Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal also made a small contribution by scoring 41 runs before falling to Hammad Azam.

For Northern, Noman bagged two wickets while Sadaf Hussain, Mohammad Musa, and Hammad Azam took a wicket each.

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