Azhar, Umar knock tons to strengthen Central Punjab's position.


KARACHI -- Centuries by Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal consolidated Central Punjab's position in the final of the firstclass Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament against Northern here at National Stadium on Saturday. Central Punjab amassed a mammoth score of 466 for five and boasted an imposing 212-run first innings lead when stumps were drawn on day two of the five-day contest. The day started with the pair of Azhar and Salman Butt - who made 74, hitting 14 boundaries - pushing the Northern bowlers on the backfoot and denying any early inroads as the pair added 38 runs in their second-wicket partnership of 95 runs. Azhar, the Pakistan Test captain, added 102 runs to his overnight score and raised his first-class career's 39th century. He made 119 runs from 212 balls, out of which 14 were dispatched for boundaries. After Salman's wicket in the first session, Azhar continued to craft solid...

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