Faysal Bank Pentangular Cup 2011-12, 4th round, 2nd day February 7, 2012

Rizwan Haider gives Baluchistan control

ESPNcricinfo staff

Baluchistan gained the upper hand in their contest against Federal Areas at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Starting the day on 223 for 8, Baluchistan were quickly bowled out for 229. Sadaf Hussain and Iftikhar Anjum picked up four wickets each, but their batsmen failed to respond strongly.

A five-wicket haul from Rizwan Haider, who was supported by a three-for from Ahmed Raza, helped Baluchistan bowl out their opponents for 185 and gain a 44-run lead. In Baluchistan's second innings, the captain Saeed Anwar jnr led the charge, making 79. Iftikhar, however, picked up three wickets, leaving Baluchistan at 138 for 4 at stumps, with a lead of 182. Taimur Ali remained unbeaten on 34 and was the key to extending Baluchistan's lead to a potentially match-winning one.

Punjab consolidated their advantage over Sind at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Nasir Jamshed led the charge at the top of the order, scoring his 14th first-class century. His 131 was supported by half-centuries from Mohammad Saad and Usman Salahuddin, who remained unbeaten on 57 at the close. These contributions helped Punjab gain a significant first-innings lead and they reached 341 for 6 at stumps, ahead by 116. Tanvir Ahmed picked up three wickets but his team has been left to play catch-up.