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India Veterans win by 12 runs
December 19, 2003 21:52 IST
A fine spell by medium pacer Vivek Razdan (3 for 23) led India Veterans to a 12-run victory over Pakistan Veterans in the first limited-overs match of the NTPC Indo-Pak Goodwill series in Jalandhar on Friday.
Chasing a target of 175 runs in 30 overs, the Pakistani veterans could score 162 for seven.
Earlier, electing to bat, Indian Veterans started on a promising note with the two openers - Surinder Khanna (23) and Atul Wasan (28) - putting up 42 runs in just 29 balls.
But the Indians then lost a couple of wickets in quick succession and were tottering on 68 for three at one stage.
However, all-rounder Gursharan Singh (55), who was also adjudged man-of-match, first built a 47-run partnership with Bhaskar Pillay and then gathered 35 runs for the sixth wicket with Vijay Yadav to take his team past the 150 mark.
In reply, Pakistan veterans had a disastrous start to their innings as they lost three wickets with just 31 runs on the board.
The fourth wicket-pair of Amir Malik (30) and Ijaz Ahmed (48) steadied the sinking ship with a 73-run partnership.
But with Khanna (2/33) sending both the batsman back to pavilion in a span of three overs the visitors were again forced on the back foot.
Razdan, who came back for his second spell, then ensured that there was no hope of a fightback by claiming the wickets of Mansoor Elahi and Mohammed Rashid.
India: Syed Kirmani, Kiran More, Praveen Amre, Chetan Chauhan, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Surender Khanna, Maninder Singh, Chetan Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, Vivek Razdan, Gursharan Singh, Atul Wassan and Bhaskar Pillay.
Pakistan: Majid Khan, Sadiq Mohammad, Tasleem Arif, Azmat Rana, Aamir Malik, Mansoor Elahi, Mansoor Akhtar, Mehmood Rasheed, Ali Zia, Mohsin Kamal, Ijaz Ahmed, Ashraf Ali, Syed Tahir Shah, Saadat Ali and Syed Shafqat Rana.