Pakistan book veterans World Cup semi-final berth



Pakistan defeated Canada by 106 runs to advance to the semi-final of the veterans World Cup at the Col Gooley Oval Ground in Sydney on Friday.

Shahid Anwar single-handedly stolen the show for Pakistan with a blistering 112 runs knock to help his team put up a decent total on the scoreboard.

Pakistan’s captain Ghulam Ali won the toss and elected to Bat on a pitch which looked heaven for the batsmen. They made 242 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 45 overs to set opponents to a chase-able total.

Shahid Anwar struck nine boundaries during his knock while Dastagir Butt smashed 64 runs and Sajid Ali scored 27 runs.

Mehmood Ahmed took two wickets while Vince Corriza and Ravi Shankar shared one wicket apiece for Canada.

Canada while chasing lost nine wickets on 136 overs as Pakistani bowlers completely dominated over them. Demal Vishan scored 33 runs laced with four boundaries and Rohan contributed 25 runs to the team’s total.

Right arm leg-spinner Zafar Ali bagged three wickets conceding just 21 runs in nine overs. Jaffer Qureshi and Imtiaz Tarar took two wickets each.

Pakistan will play their last Round match on Sunday against England. It is pertinent to mention here that Australia is the second team alongside Pakistan to qualify for the semi-final of the tournament.