Northern trailing by 312 runs with eight wickets in hand.


LAHORE -- Central Punjab's Umar Akmal recorded his second double-century in first-class cricket on day three of the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final against Northern at National Stadium, Karachi on Sunday. The middle-order batsman made 218 runs from 265 balls, adding 95 runs to his overnight score. He cracked 20 fours and eight sixes, which played a vital role in helping his side pile up a 421-run first innings lead, as Central Punjab declared on 675 for eight. Umar got the desired assistance from Zafar Gohar, who scored 99 from 168 balls, hitting 12 fours and two sixes. The pair stitched a solid 215-run partnership for the sixth-wicket before Zafar was dismissed off Faizan Riaz's bowling. For Northern, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Musa and Faizan picked up two wickets each. In their second innings, Northern were 109 for two when stumps were drawn. Nineteen-year-old Haider Ali was the star performer with his unbeaten 50. The young opener crafted a 75-run opening partnership with...

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