Pakistan's blind cricket team set a new record of 22 consecutive One-Day International victories as they swept to a 61-run success in the opening match against Australia in Adelaide.
At Park 25 Adelaide, Australia won the toss and send Pakistan into bat. Pakistan had a terrible start of the innings as they lost both their openers on just 24 runs, Arfan Majeed bowled for seven and Muhammad Jameel, the in-form batsman, was bowled by Raymond Moxly after scoring three runs.
Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals, and the wicket of Anees Javed left Pakistan in deep trouble, he scored just 8 runs and was bowled by Peter Robinson.
At one stage they were 130 for five and Australia were anticipating restricting the World Champions Pakistan to a meagre total. But Muhammad Zafar came at number seven and turned the tables around, he scored 98 runs in just 53 balls and Abdul Razzaq played a captain’s knock of 67 runs. They both added 140 runs for the 6th wicket partnership.
Pakistan was eventually bowled out for 325 runs in the 35th over. Raymond Moxly took 3 wickets, while Peter Robinson and Bailie took two wickets each.
Australia, in reply, did well but fell short of the target of 326 when they scored 264 for the loss of nine wickets in 40 overs.
Heberley was the top scorer with 65 runs while Mathew Horsey and Lindsay Heaven scored 58 and 44 runs respectively. Abdul Razzaq took two wickets while Yasir Andleeb and Waqas shared wicket a piece.
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