Punjab seal innings win over Baluchistan
Punjab picked up their second win of the competition, inflicting a second straight defeat on Baluchistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Baluchistan began the day on 10 for 1, following on after being bowled out for 107. They put up a better effort with the bat the second time round, managing 260 but lost by an innings and 73 runs. Opener Bismillah Khan top-scored with 75 and wicketkeeper Gulraiz Sadaf chipped in with 64 down the order but Punjab kept striking at regular intervals. Seamers Mohammad Khalil and Prince Abbas shared five wickets, helping bowl out their opponents in 81.1 overs and sealing the win inside three days. Punjab now lead the table.
Federal Areas tightened their grip over the contest against Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa didn't take too long to bowl out Federal Areas for 471 on the third day, having to pick up just three wickets. Their performance in the bat in the second innings improved significantly, but Federal Areas were still on top. Opener Yasir Hameed scored a century and added 101 with his partner Israrullah. Adnan Raees contributed 79 at No.5 and wicketkeeper Zulfiqar Jan remained unbeaten on 45 at the close. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa finished the day on 327 for 6, Hammad Azam striking twice late in the day. They were 61 runs ahead with four wickets in hand.