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Pakistan defeat India by 68 runs in WCL encounter

Pakistan Champions batters Sharjeel Khan (left) and Kamran Akmal in action during World Championship of Legends (WCL) 2024 match against India Champions on July 6, 2024. — Screengrab/Geo Super

Pakistan Champions late Saturday night inflicted a mammoth 68-run defeat on Indian Champions in the 8th encounter of the World Championship of Legends (WCL) 2024 at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham.

This was third win for Younis Khan’s men and they are now top of the points table of the six-team competition. They defeated Australia and West Indies previously.

Earlier, Pakistan smashed 243/4 after being put into bat. The Men in Green were provided a blistering start by the opening pair of Sharjeel Khan and Kamran Akmal.

The duo hit 145 runs for the first wicket before Sharjeel departed in the 11th over.

Sharjeel made a 30-ball 72 powered by seven fours and five sixes. While Kamran continued the aggressive approach, scoring a 40-ball 77 before being bowled by Pawan Negi in the 14th over.

Sohaib Maqsood rubbed his shoulders in the middle with a powerful 26-ball 51. He hit five sixes and two fours.

Shahid Afridi went for a golden duck while Shoaib Malik remained not out on 18-ball 25.

India replied strongly at the start of the chase with Robin Uthappa scoring 12-ball 22. Sohail Khan removed him to bring the first wicket for Pakistan.

Ambati Rayadu and Suresh Raina paired up to trouble the Men in Green but Shoaib Malik had the better of Rayadu (39) to put India under pressure.

Malik kept the run rate in check as India could not accelerate. Wahab Riaz came to the attack and removed Irfan Pathan (15), Pawan Negi (1) in one over to put a further dent.

Raina played the lone battle before he was bowled by Sohail Tanvir in the 19th over. The left-hander made 52 off 40 balls.

India managed 175/9 in their 20 overs with Anureet Singh minimising the deficit with his 14-ball 20*.

Malik took three wickets for 38 while Wahab finished with figures of 3/22.

The matches of the World Championship of Legends 2024 are being shown live on Geo Super. 

Playing XIs

Pakistan Champions: Kamran Akmal (wk), Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan (c), Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Aamer Yamin, Sohail Khan

India Champions: Robin Uthappa (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh (c), Anureet Singh, RP Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni

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