KARACHI: Pakistan drew first blood in the historic ‘International Disabled Cricket Series’ against Afghanistan when they won the opening T20 match by 26 runs here at the National Stadium.
Pakistan, who batted first, made 179-6 with Hasnain Alam scoring a fine half century. He took 51 balls to score 55 runs with the help of two sixes and seven boundaries. Danish Ahmed (38 runs), Jahanzaib Tiwana (37 runs) and Ashfaq Ali (27 runs) also batted well.
Visiting team skipper Nabiullah Nabi was Afghanistan’s most successful bowler hauling two wickets. Mohammad Ashraf, Ikram Ullah and Sheirin Akkakhail took one wicket each.
In response, Afghanistan was restricted to 153-6 in allotted 20 overs. Jahanzaib scored 36 runs 20 balls. Nabiullah also batted well and scored 25 off 25 balls.
Left arm spinner Ameer Ahmed captured two wickets while Fayyaz Ahmed and Abdullah Khan took one each.