KARACHI: Pakistan made a 3-0 clean-sweep in Twenty20 Internationals Disability Cricket Series when they defeated Afghanistan by 17 runs in the last match here at the National Stadium on Tuesday despite Muhammad Ashraf’s dazzling batting.
Ashraf hit a spectacular 79 in 58 balls spiced with eight boundaries and a brace of sixes but went to waste.
Left arm spinner Ameer Ahmed captured three wickets for 17 runs and Matloob Qureshi slammed an enterprising 51 in 35 balls with seven boundaries to star in their team’s triumph.
Batting first, Pakistan posted 164 for the loss of five wickets and then restricted Afghanistan to 147 for seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Matloob who lost his hand in a road accident, batted superbly while Jahanzaib Tiwana blasted 44 off just 21 balls with half a dozen boundaries and one six.
Arif Richard contributed 31 runs in 39 balls with four fours and Captain Hasnain Alam scored 18 runs in 15 balls with three fours.
Off Spinner Abdullah was pick of Afghan bowling attack, grabbing three wickets for 26 runs while medium pacer Nabiullah Nabi snapped=up two wickets for 25 runs.
Afghanistan openers Muhammad Ashraf and Ubaidullah gave their flying start 85 runs. But that failed to his team from third successive defeat.
Chasing 165 for victory Afghan impaired cricketers could manage 147-6. Besides Ashraf’s half century Ubaidullah got 20.
Ameer ended with three wickets for 19 runs for Pakistan while his fellow left arm spinner Fayyaz Ahmed claimed 2-18.
Parliamentary Leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izhar-ur-Hasan was the chief guest distributed the prizes. He presented the trophy to Pakistan captain Hasnain Alam.
Muhammad Ashraf was named best player from Afghanistan while the Matloob Qureshi was the best Player from the Pakistan.
Muhammad Ashraf of Afghanistan received the Man of the Match award. Medals also presented to the players of both teams.
Chairman ABAD Junaid Ashraf Taloo, Vice Chairman Hanif Memon, Regional Head South Hassan Bakhsi, President KCCA Prof. Ejaz Ahmed Farooqi, Manager of Afghanistan Disability Cricket Department Dr. Abdul Mannan Masood, Mrs. Asma Shah, President PDCA Saleem Karim, Secretary Amiruddin Ansari, Joint Secretary Muhammad Nizam were also presented on the occasion.
Two match ODI series will be start from Thursday.
Summarized scores: Pakistan 164-5 in 20 overs (Matloob Qureshi 51, Jahanzaib Tiwana 44,
Arif Richard 31, Hasnain Alam 18, Abdullah 3-26, Nabiullah Nabi 2-25)
Afghanistan 147-7 in 20 overs (Muhammad Ashraf 79, Obaidullah 20,
Sangar 14, Ameer Ahmed 3-19, Fayyaz Ahmed 2-28).