Pentangular Cup, 2nd round, 3rd day

Monday, February 25, 2008

Federal Areas 597 for 8 (Ashraf 141, Tanvir 132, Saeed 109, Majeed 98, Anjum 56*, Hussain 3-71) beat Baluchistan 253 (Tariq 68, Aslam 51*, Tanvir 5-66, Arafat 4-83) and 132 (Tanvir 3-42) by an innings and 212 runs

Sohail Tanvir, the Pakistan left-arm bowler, scored his third first-class century, and then picked up three wickets as Baluchistan were routed for 132 - same as Tanvir's score - handing Federal Areas a massive win by an innings and 212 runs.

In Karachi, Federal Areas took 33 overs to push their overnight score of 441 for 7 to 597 for 8, and then required three deliveries less than 33 overs to bowl out Baluchistan. For Baluchistan, new-ball bowlers Abdur Rauf and Kamran Hussain didn't take the field and were out 'absent hurt' in their side's second innings.

The star of day was undoubtedly Tanvir. He had taken a five-for in Baluchistan's first innings, and extended his overnight unbeaten 38 to 132 before he was caught off Imranullah Aslam. Tanvir scored over three runs every four balls, and hit 19 fours and a six. He was involved in a 155-run stand with wicketkeeper Naeem Anjum, who was unbeaten on 56 when Federal Areas declared.

Naved Ashraf, the Federal Areas captain, then needed to only employ his quicker bowlers as they ran through the Baluchistan line-up. Tanvir picked up 3 for 42 from his 11.3 overs, while Yasir Arafat had figures of 12-2-39-2 and Shehzad Azam 9-0-48-2. Baluchistan's batsmen failed to put up a fight, with 26 being the top score.

North West Frontier Province 392 for 7 (Younis 117, Shehzad 41 Riaz 3-83) lead Punjab 354 by 38 runs

Younis Khan's 117 helped North West Frontier Province take the first-innings lead against Punjab in Lahore, but the match seems to be heading for a draw. Younis, unbeaten on 36, along with Khurram Shehzad added 73 runs for the fourth wicket, before Wahab Riaz removed Shehzad (41) with the score on 253. Adnan Raees then played out 95 deliveries for his 21, in a partnership of 66 with the NWFP captain. Younis hit 16 fours in his 117, before Abdur Rehman had him caught by Nasir Jamshed.

Riaz struck twice to remove Raees, and Mohammad Aslam for a duck, as NWFP stumbled from 319 for 4 to 337 for 7, still trailing by 17 runs. Wicketkeeper Zulfiqar Jan and Shakeel-ur-Rehman ensured there were no further wobbles as they took their team into the lead.

Jan was on 35 and Rehman on 21 as NWFP ended the day at 392, a lead of 38.

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