Seamers put Federal Areas in control
Fourteen wickets fell on the second day of the match between Federal Areas and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, with Federal Areas edging ahead. Federal Areas led by 85 runs at stumps with two wickets in hand, after bowling Khyber out for 111 and then reaching 196 for 8. Khyber had ended the curtailed first day at 82 for 4, and only managed to add another 29 runs to their total on Monday morning. Federal Areas' seamers did all the damage with Nasrullah Khan and Saad Altaf taking two wickets each on Monday to finish with figures of 5 for 34 and 3 for 53 respectively. Khyber seamer Imran Khan came back with a strong reply, with three early wickets, but Federal Areas captain Bazid Khan steadied their innings with his 64. Once his 71-run partnership with Awais Zia was broken, though, Federal Areas lost three more quick wickets, and found themselves 136 for 6. Lower-order resistance from wicketkeeper Naeem Anjum, who finished the day unbeaten on 32, allowed Federal Areas to extend their lead. Khyber legspinner Yasir Shah took 3 for 79 in the day, while Imran took 4 for 44.
Baluchistan's seamers gave their side control of their match at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, bowling Sind out for 105 in the first innings. The batsmen then built on the 68-run first-innings lead, and ended the day 170 ahead with seven wickets remaining. Sind, who had bowled Baluchistan out for 173 on the first day, were in trouble from the outset on Monday morning. Abdur Rauf and Mohammad Irfan ran through their top order, reducing them to 32 for 6. The third seamer Rizwan Haider got in on the act, picking up two wickets, as did left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Rauf finished with figures of 4 for 52, while Irfan took 2 for 23. Baluchistan then had a rocky start to their second innings as they slumped to 13 for 3, but Sohaib Maqsood scored an unbeaten half-century and put together an unbroken 89-run stand with Naved Yasin, to help them end the day at 102 for 3.