LAHORE, Oct 22 (APP) The visiting Australian army team scored a narrow 5 runs win over Lahore Gymkhana XI in a 30 overs friendly match here on Saturday at Bagh e Jinnah ground.
It was the first success of the touring side which lost two
back to back matches, first against Pak Army and then to PCB Youth XI.
In the friendly encounter, the teams were the mix up of both
side’s players and each side comprised 12 players.
Chosen to bat after winning the toss on a lively pitch, the
Australian side was bowled out at 151 runs in 29 overs and restricted the home side to 146 for the loss of 9 wickets with one over remaining.
The highlight of the Australian innings was quick fired (76) by
Asif Ali, a player of Gymkhana who was the part of the Australian side.
Asif hammered three sixes and seven fours off 48 balls in the
role of top scorer. Terence Flaherty supported with useful 19 runs.
Thomas Gilmore, Marc Brooks, Amin Khan and Farid ud Din each took two wickets from Lahore Gymkhana.
Gymkhana side needed 12 overs in the last over but could manage eight runs and victory slipped out of their hands.
Nisar Zaman was the chief scorer and contributedsolid 35 followed by equally good (30) by Nisar Zaman. Qaisar Iqbal and Zaman scored 18 runs apiece. Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Khan Sumbal added 12 runs.
Javed Ashraf and Ahmad Sahab supervised the match as umpires, Waris Bashir was the scorer.
Provincial Minister Mujtaba Shujaa ur Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away the prizes to the members of both the teams and officials.
Talking to APP, the coach of Australian army, Captain Anthony Purton termed the tour of his side to Pakistan ‘memorable’ as exciting cricket was being played in the match.
“We are very delighted to be here and we are thankful to the
Pakistan Army for the hospitality being extended to us and the excellent arrangements made for our tour,” he said.