Over 40s Global Cup: Pakistan beat Australia, record third successive win

The match was played in the National Stadium, Karachi

By Web Desk
September 22, 2023
Pakistan have now won three out of three matches in the Over 40s Global Cup. — Geo Super

Pakistan continued their impeccable form in the ongoing Over 40s Cricket Global Cup and defeated Australia by seven wickets in their third group stage match at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Friday.

This was the Green Shirts' third consecutive win in the Global Cup after beating Nepal and the USA in their first two matches.

Chasing the target of 200, the Men in Green displayed an all-round performance with the bat as three batters — Hassan Raza, Tariq Haroon and Mohammad Ilyas — scored half-centuries and guided their side to a comfortable win.

Ilyas and Razam posted 59 runs while Haroon contributed 56 runs for the home side.

The Aussies' bowlers found themselves helpless in front of strong Pakistan's batting lineup. The visitors were unable to break the unassailable defense of the winning side's batters, who chased the target in the 43rd over.

Batting first, Australia posted 199 runs on the scoreboard before they were all sent back to the pavilion by Pakistan's bowlers.

Steve Paulsen top-scored for the visitors by contributing 65 runs while Tim Bott scored 30, who was followed by Chris Dickson's 23 runs.

In a fantastic display with the ball, Pakistan's Imran Ali was the highest wicket-taker for his side with three scalps to his name.

Kashif Siddique and Waqas Ali both bagged two wickets each.

It must be noted that earlier, Pakistan recorded a massive 248-run victory against Nepal courtesy of the all-round performance of the Green Shirts.

The home side scored a massive total of 384 runs in 45 overs and in reply, the Nepal team was ultimately bowled out for a total of 134 runs in just 36.3 overs, falling well short of the target.

Before that, the Men in Green secured a thrilling victory over the United States of America (USA) by just one wicket. The match witnessed some remarkable performances, with Pakistan's Tassavur Abbas emerging as the hero of the day.