KARACHI: Nazimabad Gymkhana launched their defence of the Pakistan Champions League title in style when they beat Peshawar Cricket Club by five wickets at Landhi Gymkhana yesterday.
Set a target of 127, Gymkhana had very little trouble in achieving it with captain Owais Rehmani scoring a 41-ball 50 with the help of four boundaries while Zakir Malik’s 13-ball cameo that fetched him 32 runs ensured the holders got past the target in the 17th over. Dilawar Khan picked up four wickets in a losing cause.
Earlier, leg-spinner Mansoor Ahmed bagged three wickets to keep Peshawar in check despite a 43-ball 60 from Mohammad Rizwan.
In another match, Shoaib Laghari’s all-round show helped UAE’s Phoenix Medicine edge past last year’s semi-finalists, Fata’s Khyber Green Club, by 15 runs.
Laghari scored a crucial 56 as Phoenix were bowled out for 148 and then chipped in with three wickets as the opponents were bundled out for 133 off the penultimate delivery of the match.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Youth CC held on for a narrow 10-run win against Multan’s Crescent CC while on Monday evening, Saad Naseem scored 34 and took four wickets to guide Al-Noor Gymkhana to a massive 71-run win against Korangi Alfatah at the TMC Ground.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.
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