Jameel Shines As Pakistan Beat India By 71 Runs
The first Twenty20 of the series between India and Pakistan's blind cricketers was played at Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Ground, Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore and saw the hosts prevail by 71 runs.
Honourable Mr. Latif Khosa, the Governor of Punjab officially inaugurated the Brien Holden Vision Pakistan-India Blind Cricket Series 2011.
India won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan started briskly but Shekhar Naik dismissed the dangerous Muhammad Zafar cheaply and checked the progress. Muhammad Jameel and Masood Jan then build the innings and
accelerated after a cautious start.
Masood Jan and Muhammad Jameel added 106 runs for the 2nd wicket; Masood Jan lost his wicket after scoring 46 runs while Pakistan score was 129 runs at that time.
India came back strongly and ripped through the middle order of Pakistan as Pakistan lost the next four wickets after just adding 17 runs in the total and Pakistan was hovering around 146 for six in the 16th over but Muhammad Jameel stood tall in the way of India and played extraordinary shots and took Pakistan to a competitive total of 201 runs for the loss of nine wickets, he was the last batsman to fell on the last ball of Pakistan innings; he scored 89 runs off 53 balls with the help of 11 fours and one six.
India bowled two overs after the stipulated time which eventually cost them the penalty of 12 runs - by adding 12 runs Pakistan score became 213 runs. Shekhar Naik was the best bowler for India he took 4 wickets by giving away only 22 run in four overs.
India in reply started steadily and their first wicket fell at the score of 79 runs, when Hatish was stumped off the bowling of Waqas, the second wicket fell when Masood Jan run out Vikas Patel, he scored 10 runs.
Thereafter Pakistan tightened the screws with brilliant fielding and tight bowling and Indian middle and lower order fell like the house of cards. India scored 142 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in stipulated 20 overs.
Parkash was the top scorer with 75 runs. Muhammad Jameel took two wickets while Abdul Razzaq, Muhammad Waqas
and Yasir shared a wicket each.
Pakistan won by 71 runs
Man of the match: Muhammad Jameel
Mr. Shafiq Ahmed, General Manager, Domestic Cricket Operations, Pakistan Cricket Board was the Chief Guest of the prize distribution ceremony and gave away prizes to players.