Sunday, 22 April 2007

Pakistan Make a Winning Start in Academy Cup

An unbeaten century from Khalid Latif guided the Pakistan Academy team to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Bangladesh in the opener of the tri-nation Academy Cup tournament at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) ground on Saturday.

Latif in his blazing 100 off 88 balls smashed 10 fours and 5 sixes and Pakistan Academy raced to victory with more than 15 overs to spare.

Chasing a victory target of 220 in 50 overs, Pakistan opener Babar Naeem set the platform with a quick fire 69 off 46 balls including 6 boundaries and 5 sixes. He shared a 115 run partnership with Latif in only 12.1 overs to ensue an emphatic victory. Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain claimed two wickets for 55 runs in 8.5 overs for Bangladesh.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mehrab Hossain won the toss and opted to bat first. Bangladesh made a reasonably good start and reached to 173-4 in 30 overs as opener Zuanid Siddique hammered a prolific 62 off 40 balls smashing 10 boundaries.

Bangladesh innings lost their way as Pakistan Skipper Fawad Alam took 3 quick wickets and they were eventually bundled out for a modest 219 in 47.3 overs.

Babar Naeem and Fawad Alam each took three wickets giving away 32 and 33 runs respectively..

Sri Lanka Academy is the other team in the competition.

Brief Scores

Bangladesh Academy: 219 all out in 47.3 overs (Zunaid 53, Mahmudullah 31; Babar 3-32, Fawad 3-33).

Pakistan Academy: 220-4 in 35.5 overs (Babar 69, Khalid 100*; Moshrraf 2-55).

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