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January 27, 2012
Sind won their second Faysal Bank Pentangular Cup match in as many games, thumping Baluchistan by an innings and 114 runs in Karachi. Baluchistan began the third day facing a mammoth first-innings deficit - 323. As in the first innings, only one of their batsmen could go past 50, and with scant support even he could not push on for a big score. This time it was opener Zain Abbas who made 85, and only two other batsmen could get into double figures as Baluchistan succumbed for 209. The Sind bowlers shared the wickets around, but the most damage was done by new-ball Tabish Khan - he knocked over Baluchistan's top four.
Punjab piled up a significant first-innings lead against Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP) on day two of the match in Lahore. After KPP made 210 on the opening day, Punjab had resumed on 95 for 1. They captain, Shoaib Malik, who was unbeaten on 29 overnight went on to complete a century as Punjab pushed on to 325 for 9. No. 6 batsman Usman Salahuddin also chipped in, scoring an unbeaten 72 as his team went to stumps with a lead of 115. Left-arm spinner Khalid Usman was the most successful of the KPP bowlers, taking 4 for 69 while conceding less than two runs an over.
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