A determined all-round performance by Mohammad Hussain led a superb fight back by holders Lahore Blues on the second day of the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy Grade-I match against Rest of NWFP at LCCA Ground Friday.

The all-rounder Hussain first excelled with the ball, taking six for 60 to restrict the visitors to 242 in the first inningsin reply to Lahore Blues' 105.

Hussain then thrived with the bat by scoring an unbeaten 93 as the Blues reached 312 for seven in their second innings. Hussain's gutsy knock gives the champions a lead of 175 runs.

Hussain stroked 10 fours and three sixes in his 98-ball innings. Humayun Farhat contributed 51 off 38 balls while helping Hussain put on 91 in 51 minutes.

Skipper Saleem Elahi (70) and Zia-ur-Rehman (51) had earlier lifted the Blues out of trouble after the first four wickets had gone for 74 runs.

Elahi belted 12 fours and one six and faced 98 balls while Zia laced his 80-ball knock of 51 with 10 fours and one six.