FARIDABAD (India) – Pakistan Handicapped cricket team finished their Indian tour on a winning note as they beat hosts by 3 wickets in the one-off Twenty20 here at Satyug Darshan Cricket ground on Sunday.
This match was played at the Trust wicket specially prepared by the management at their own compound. Pakistan needed 82 runs for victory and opener Adeel Khan shown his class and cracked seven boundaries in his scintillating knock of 33 runs before being clean bowled by Ravi while trying to send the ball out of the park. Management made several changes in the team for this match as Sohail, Abdul Manan and Sher Ali were called in place of leg break bowler Kahif Nawaz and Saqib. Pakistan batsmen throw away their wickets but Asad Laghari came to rescue by scoring unbeaten on 25 runs including 4 boundaries. At one stage Ravi scared Pakistan by getting three quick wickets in an over and brought his team back in the game. But Asad stood firm and played sensibly to guide Pakistan to three wickets victory in 12.3 overs. Kalpesh and Ravi got 3 wickets each for 5 and 19 runs respectively. Indian lost opener Deepak on the very first ball of Nehar and later left arm spinner Shujaat Muzaffar and Manan ripped through Indian batting. Shujaat got 4 for 8 while Manan (3/12) and Anis Afridi (2/10) also bowled well. Ravi was the highest scorer for India with 21 while Utpal made 15 and helped hosts post 81 in 15.3 overs.
Satyug Darshan Trust mentor Sajjan Ji was the chief guest on the occasion, while PCAPH Chairman, directors and Secretary were the guests of honour while Indian tennis coach Birbal Wadhera was the special guest. Birbal arrived from Chandigarh to witness Pakistan and India T20 match on the invitation of Pakistan Cricket Association for Physically Handicapped and Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India management.
The winning trophy and cash prize of Indian Rs one lac was given to Pakistan captain and trophy and runners up trophy and Rs 40,000 went to Indian captain. Shujaat Muzaffar named Man of the Match. He also won man of the series award for taking 11 wickets.
Chief Guest thanked Pakistan and Indian teams for playing at their ground and especially thanked PCAPH and the government of Pakistan for allowing their team to visit India. This series would help in bridging gaps between the peoples of both countries, he said and added this journey of love, peace and harmony would continue in future also. Indians would travel to Pakistan to play a full series and the dates of the series would be finalised soon, he concluded.
Meanwhile Abbas Hashmi in his address thanked PCCAI, Ravi Chauhan for organising such a wonderful series in a befitting manner. He urged both Pakistan and India peoples to travel to each others country that will help in improving relations between the two neighbours. He also thanked Indian media, volunteers and all the PCCAI office bearers for their love and support and hospitality.
courtesy: The Nation