North West breeze to innings victory
North West Frontier Province 318 (Mohmand 93, Ali 5-95) beat Sind 96 and 137 (Habib 5-45, Rehman 4-63) by an innings and 85 runs
North West Frontier Province swept to an innings-and-85-run victory at Peshawar as Sind crumbled for 137 in their second innings. Nauman Habib took five wickets as the visitors folded in another poor batting display.
The day had started reasonably well for them as they removed the last three NWFP wickets for 12 runs, with Anwar Ali claim a five-wicket haul, but that still gave the home side a lead of 222. Habib then set able dismantling Sind's second attempt, striking twice in two balls early on. He was well supported by Shakeel-ur-Rehman, who added to his three first-innings strikes with four more wickets.
Afsar Nawaz was the only batsman to offer serious resistance with 44, but could do nothing to prevent a three-day defeat.
Baluchistan 271 (Bilal Khilji 70, Rehman 4-85) and 42 for 2 (Khilji 1*) trail Punjab 526 for 8 (Ayub 117, Raza 113, Ali 104, Shehzad 93*) by 213 runs
Baluchistan's batsman struggled on the fourth day against Punjab and were forced to follow-on. At stumps in their second innings, they had limped to 42 for 2 with Mohammad Hafeez removing both the openers.
Baluchistan began the day on a slippery 50 for 2, and never truly threatened to challenge Punjab's vast first innings of 526 for 8. Abdur Rehman, the slow left-armer, picked up 4 for 85 while Bilal Khilji was the only man to pass 50. He fell for 70 from 117 balls when he chipped a return catch back to Rehman as Baluchistan's tail offered little resistance.
Predictably, Punjab forced the follow-on and Baluchistan fared no better in their second innings, with Hafeez trapping Shoaib Khan jnr and Usman Tariq leg-before within moments of eachother. At stumps, Baluchistan still trailed by a daunting 213.