Northern continued their winning streak in the National T20 Cup as they registered a 27-run win over Southern Punjab in game four in Multan.
Shan Masood’s side, chasing a 204-run target, were restricted to 176-9 in their 20 overs.
The side was on-course to register their first win of the tournament but the dismissal of Umar Siddiq sparked a collapse.
Northern strengthened their grip when Zeeshan Ashraf, who top-scored with 73 off 37 with the help of eight boundaries and four sixes to his name, was dismissed.
Haris Rauf was the pick off the bowlers as he returned with figures of 4-24 in four overs whereas the captain claimed three crucial wickets.
The defending champions, electing to bat first, posted 203-5 on the back of Ali Imran’s half-century. The 22-year-old made 50 off 39 balls after hitting three boundaries and as many sixes.
Earlier, Northern won the toss and elected to bat first.
The defending champions were heading into the match on the back of a comfortable 79-run win over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the opening game of the tournament.
Southern Punjab suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Central Punjab in their fixture on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Balochistan registered a nervy two-run win over Sindh at the same venue.
Northern XI: Zeeshan Malik, Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Umar Amin, Muhammad Musa, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Shadab Khan (captain), Haris Rauf and Rohail Nazir
Southern Punjab XI: Shan Masood, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohaib Maqsood, Hussain Talat, Khushdil Shah, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Siddiq, Umer Khan and Zahid Mahmood.