Cricket news - Yamin, Irfan tons headline Southern Punjab's massive score

Southern Punjab ended up with a massive total

Northern vs Balochistan

Imran Butt and Abubakar Khan stroked half-centuries to help Balochistan to a steady start after Northern were bowled out for 450 earlier on Day 2. The visitors, in reply, went to stumps on 119 for 2 after bad lights ended play early.

Earlier in the day, Northern could add only 85 runs to their overnight score, for the last five wickets of their innings. Amad Butt was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 3 for 57. Faizan, who was unbeaten on 113 while resuming the innings on Day 2, fell to Yasir Shah for 141.

Balochistan lost their opener Azeem Ghumman with only seven on the board. However, a 110-run stand between Imran and Abubakar helped the visitors steady their response. However, the latter was bowled by Nauman Ali soon after bringing up his fifty.

Brief Scores: Northern 450 (Faizan Riaz 141, Haider Ali 133; Amad Butt 3-57, Mohammad Asghar 2-62) lead Balochistan 119/2 (Imran Butt 58*, Abubakar Khan 50) by 331 runs.

Sindh vs Southern Punjab

Centuries by Aamer Yamin and Mohammad Irfan Jr. helped power Southern Punjab to 546 before Sindh gave a steady response, finishing the second day on 90 for 1.

Resuming the day on 303 for 5, Punjab lost two wickets in the opening 30 minutes of play - Adnan Akmal and Bilawal Bhatti. However, Yamin, who was unbeaten on 16, helped the side recover from a slippery position of 314 for 7, in company of Irfan. The duo added 206 runs for the eighth wicket. While Yamin hit 15 boundaries and 6 sixes en route his fourth first-class ton, Irfan smashed eight fours and two sixes before getting run out on 101. Once the pair was separated, the rest also folded up quickly. Sohail Khan, Tabish Khan, Waleed Ahmed and Fawad Alam bagged a brace each, while the visitors also effected two run outs.

In response, Khurram Manzoor and Abid Ali put on a gritty 79-run stand for the opening wicket. Manzoor was bowled by Rahat Ali in the final hour of the day, but that was the last of the success for Punjab's bowlers on the day. Abid went to stumps unbeaten on 42, with Omair Bin Yousuf for company.

Brief Scores: Southern Punjab 546 (Aamer Yamin 142, Shan Masood 118, Mohammad Irfan jr 101; Fawad Alam 2-63, Tabish Khan 2-101) lead Sindh 90/1 (Abid Ali 42*) by 456 runs.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Central Punjab

Ashfaq Ahmed's 173 helped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 484 for 5 before they declared their innings and had Central Punjab reduced to 45 for 2 at the end of the second day's play.

Ashfaq, who had resumed his day on 98, brought up his third century of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy early in the day. In company of skipper Mohammad Rizwan, who too registered his century en route, stretched the third wicket partnership to 250 runs before the latter was caught behind off Naseen Shah.

However, Ashfaq continued to build his innings strongly, and put on another century stand - this time with Adil Amin for the fifth wicket. Central Punjab bowlers struggled for a second day in a row and could manage to pick only three wickets. The hosts declared their innings soon after Amin brought up his half-century.

In reply, Central Punjab lost Salman Butt to Junaid Khan while Mohammad Saad fell to Sameen Gul, minutes before the premature close of play due to bad light. Azhar Ali (22) and Usman Salahuddin (1) were unbeaten when play ended on Day 2.

Brief Scores: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 484/5 decl. (Ashfaq Ahmed 173, Mohammad Rizwan 128; Naseem Shah 2-85) lead Central Punjab 45/2 (Azhar Ali 22*) by 439 runs