Lahore Corps team bt Australia in T20 match


LAHORE, Oct 19 (APP)- Lahore Corps cricket team defeated Australian Army cricket team by four wickets in an exciting T20 match at the Battle Axe Stadium Cantt here on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 131 in the allotted 20 overs the hosts achieved victory in the 19th over. Sabir Hussain 29, Mohammed Afzal 28, Anwar Khan 18 and Qayyum Nasir 17 not out contributed largely in their team’s win.

Robert Maram was the most successful bowler from Australian Army who finished with 2 for 19. Thomas Gilmore and Nicolas Brown took one wicket apiece for 12 and 17 runs respectively. Earlier, Australia Army team captain Craig Holmes won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 130 for 5. Mark Brown remained top scorer with 39. Craig Holmes delighted the crowd with his brief innings of 28 studded with three towering sixes and a four. Beau Wright scored 23. Awais Zafar, Imran Ali and Nauman Naveed took one wicket each.

Former Test cricketers Majid Khan, Salim Altaf, Intikhab Alam and Abdul Qadir watched the match at the special invitation.

Renowned cricket Commentator Chishty Mujahid and Fakhra-e-Alam amused the crowd with their running commentary. Whereas, former Test cricketer Amir Sohail contributed with his accurate and polished remarks on
the match time line.

Also present were a large number of Army officers along with their families who watched the match. Australian International Policy Advisor for Pakistan Simon Tchaikovsk
and Defence Attache Col David Bruk also watched the match.

Later, chief guest Commander Lahore Corps Lt-General Sadiq Ali thanked Australian Army cricket team for travelling to the historic city of Lahore and hoped that Australian cricket team would also visit Pakistan soon. He also gave away prizes to the players.

Mohammed Afzal was declared Man of the Match.