Pakistan lose to Australia in veteran cricket world Cup final



Australia beat Pakistan by three runs in a nail-biting final contest to win the veterans World Cup Cricket Tournament at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on Wednesday.

Babar Butt rescued Pakistan in the last part of the inning scoring 46 off 59 balls in a match which was almost a win for the green shirts.

Earlier the Aussies put 166 runs on the scoreboard after playing for 45 overs. Tony Clark scored 44 off 77 balls while Joseph Santostefano made 33 runs and Todd O’Keefe contributed 25 runs.

Left-arm spinner Jaffer Qureshi shined by taking three wickets conceding 25 runs followed by Dastagir Butt who took two wickets.

Chasing a target of 166 in 45 overs, Pakistan recovered from 94 for nine but fell just four runs short to lose the match.

Apart from Babar, Imtiaz Tarar played well scoring 28 off 54 balls. They both put together 68 runs partnership to somehow released pressure from Pakistan.

John Short (3-27), William Blair (2-33) and Tony Clark (2-34) were the picks of the bowlers for Australia in their title triumph.

Peter Solway of Australia named as the best batsman of the tournament, Stephen Foster from England bagged best bowler award, Pakistan’s Jawed Hafeez clinched best fielder award and Mason Robinson of New Zealand received best keeper award.