Mubasir's resilience helps Northern draw against CP.

LAHORE -- Mubasir Khan's fighting half-century and Umar Waheed's stubborn knock helped Northern draw against Central Punjab who could not record their first victory while the match between Balochistan and Southern Punjab also ended in a stalemate in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy as the eighth round concluded on Friday.

Central Punjab's Tayyab Tahir (100) began the day on 58 and went on to score his fourth century of the season to help his team post 221-7 before they declared the innings and set a 274-run target for Northern at the LCCA Ground.

Central Punjab seemed on course to victory when Northern lost a flurry of wickets at the start of the innings but the 20-year-old Mubasir stepped up and steered his team to a hard-earned draw by holding his end strongly and knitting crucial partnerships. His team-mate Umar (31) made an important contribution.

Northern's Aamir Jamal and captain Nauman Ali took three wickets each.

Northern remain on top of the points table following the draw with 122 points.

Meanwhile, Balochistan's Abdul Wahid Bangalzai missed out on his century by three runs as he was trapped lbw by spinner Agha Salman at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium. Wahid smashed 14 fours and a six and crafted a solid partnership with Hussain Talat (53).

Balochistan were 213 for four in 50 overs when stumps were drawn.

Earlier, Southern Punjab were bowled out for 350 after beginning the day on 270 for six.

Usman Salahuddin (135) added 33 runs to his overnight...

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