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January 21, 2012
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP), after being made to follow on by Sind, showed stiff resistance at the National Stadium in Karachi. They went from 160 for 6 - after KPP had made 403 in their first innings - to 192, and then slumped to 13 for 2 in the second innings before the fightback began.
Yasir Hameed put on a 125-run stand with Shoaib Khan, and after he was out for 82, Shoaib built another steady stand with Akbar Badshah. The pair had put on 80 runs by stumps, and KPP ended the day seven runs ahead. Mohammad Sami was the pick of the Sind bowlers, extending his match haul to six with his early double-strike in the second innings.
Federal Areas (FA) made slow but steady progress on the third day at the Diamond Club Ground in Islamabad, to move into a position of relative strength against Punjab. FA had resumed on 29 for now loss following Punjab's three-run first-innings lead, and went on to get to 259 for 8 by stumps.
While opener Umair Khan was their top scorer on the day with 71, No. 8 Hammad Azam helped them recover from 168 for 8 with an unbeaten half-century. Left-arm spinner did most of the damage for Punjab, and will have a chance to complete a five-for on the final day.
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