Thursday, February 16, 2012

Disability Cricket: Pakistan outplays England by 79 runs

While Pakistan had a bad day at Abu Dhabi's 2nd ODI against England and lost to give the Englishmen a 2-0 lead in the 4-ODI series, we perhaps lost sight of another important match being played in the UAE at International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy Oval ground in Dubai. 

The match on Wednesday was played between teams of Pakistan and England as part of the Disability Cricket series of matches.

Pakistan’s Matloob Quraishi (left) and Hasnain Alam during the match against the England in Dubai Wednesday [Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News]

Pakistan simply outplayed England and won the first of the three matches by a large margin of 79 runs. Hasnain and Matloob from Pakistan hit impressive centuries despite their disability. Hasnain, who lost his left foot in a mine blast, cracked 136 off just 105 balls with the help of 19 boundaries and a six, while Matloob whose right hand had to be amputated following a road accident, hit an unbeaten 110-ball 113, as Pakistan put up 285 for five in their allotted 40 overs.

England had a difficult target to chase and none of its batsmen could replicate the superb performance of Hsnaain and Matloob and lost by 79 runs.

Read details: Gulf News