Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pakistan ‘A’ Team beats Afghanistan in one-day series

LAHORE, Pakistan  – Gulbodin Naib’s maiden hundred at any level failed to stop Pakistan ‘A’ winning the second one-day match against Afghanistan by six wickets here on Tuesday, as the hosts took the series 2-0.
Naib, 21, hit a 93-ball 100 at number eight to lift Afghanistan from a precarious 77-6, hitting 13 boundaries and three sixes in a fighting 93-ball knock after pacemen Wahab Riaz (3-30) and Imran Khan (3-35) wrecked the visitors.
Naib added 93 for the seventh wicket with Mirwais Ashraf who made 37 as the pair guided Afghanistan to 207-9 in their 50 overs.
Pakistan ‘A’ knocked off the required runs in 41.3 overs with Pakistan discard Kamran Akmal hitting a brilliant 104. Akmal hit 14 boundaries and a six during his 105-ball knock.
He put on 94 for the first wicket with Ahmed Shahzad who made 33.
Pakistan won the first one-day match by eight wickets — also played in Lahore — on Monday.
The two teams play a Twenty20 here on Wednesday.
Afghanistan are on a four-week tour of Pakistan to tune up for their two one-day internationals against Scotland in the United Arab Emirates next month before facing them again in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.