The third Fayyaz Sumbal Cup in Lahore on Saturday was the biggest day in the Foundation’s two year history. In brilliant conditions at the historic Lahore Gymkhana Club, the Gymkhana XI were victorious in a hugely entertaining game.
Led by a magnificent 63 from Pakistan women’s vice-captain Bismah Maroof, the Australian XI posted 184 from their 30 overs, with international representative Udnan Akmal chipping in with some handy runs in the lower order.
But a Gymkhana side featuring former Pakistan skipper Salim Malik were not to be outdone, and they chased down the target in the 29th over. Despite losing seven wickets, they remained composed under pressure and got the total with some late boundaries.
Pakistan skipper Sana Mir was the pick of the Australian XI bowlers with three vital wickets in the middle overs.
Watching from the sidelines were Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul-Haq, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson, and members of the Sumbal family.
It was the third successive win for the Gymkhana XI, but more importantly the game was played in the very best spirit.
Thanks to all who gave their time to be there.
Cricket is perhaps the best way to break down barriers between Pakistan and Australia, and a lot of good will can be generated with the bat and ball.
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