RCA President's XI v Pakistanis, Warm-up match, Jaipur October 14, 2006

Akmal leads Pakistan to six-wicket win

Cricinfo staff

Pakistanis 199 for 4 (Akmal 69) beat RCA President's XI 198 for 4 (Kanwat 53, Doru 51*) by six wickets

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan gets into the groove ahead of the Champions Trophy but the Pakistan attack failed to impress © AFP
Kamran Akmal scored a quickfire 69 off 49 balls to guide Pakistan to an easy six-wicket win in their second practice match against Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) President's XI in Jaipur.

Chasing 199, Akmal opened the innings with Mohammad Hafeez and the pair put on 86, scoring at a quick clip. An occasional opener, Akmal scored 58 of his runs in boundaries, including three sixes. All the Pakistan batsmen had a good hit in the middle, including Shahid Afridi, who also tonked three sixes in his 28. Faisal Iqbal and Shoaib Malik coasted past the target in the 33rd over.

The Pakistan bowlers however failed to role over the opposition, as RCA XI chose to get bat out the 50 overs, losing only four wickets in the process. Choosing to bat first, the RCA openers, Mumbai's Rohit Sharma, and S Vijay got off to a good start, adding 54 in just over ten overs till Umar Gul got the first breakthrough.

Rahul Kanwat and Nikhil Doru both scored half centuries and looked at ease against the Pakistan attack. Doru remained unbeaten on 51 at the close, with captain Ajay Jadeja.