May 3, 2001

Peshawar achieve lowest total before suffering third consecutive defeat in One-day tournament (Associations)

Peshawar suffered their third consecutive defeat in the One-day tournament (Associations), losing by 8-wickets to Karachi Whites after posting the lowest total so far in the tournament.

Batting first after winning the toss, Peshawar were skittered out inside 40 overs, as 9 of their batsmen failed to achieve double figures. This is the worst batting performance by any team in a tournament, which hitherto had seen some very daring deeds with the bat.

Ironically, their were only two ducks in this sorry looking batting line up, the first being Mian Adnan run out by Adnan Malik and the second Mohammad Asif, the last man, lbw by the same player.

Adnan Malik bowled superbly for the home side, giving away just 18 runs in 7.5 overs and grabbing three wickets. However, the main damage was inflicted by Imran Javed. The pace man bowled tidily for his ten overs, taking 4 for 22.

For Peshawar, skipper Sajjad Ahmed top scored with 42 off 94 balls and opener Javed Iqbal made 11 of 24. Apart from these two, no other batsman could take his personal score past double figures.

Karachi opened their innings with skipper Shadab Kabir and the former Pakistan captain Moin Khan. These two added 64 in about 7 overs, before getting out on the same score. Moin Khan batted aggressively for his 47 (29 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes), whereas Shadab got 14 off 13.

Zafar Jadoon and Saeed Bin Nasir took just around 6 more overs to knock of the required 101 runs. Zafar remained not out on 21 (24 balls, 4 fours) and Saeed made an unbeaten 16 (10 balls, 3 fours).

After this loss and with only two more Pool matches to be played, Peshawar's chances of reaching the semi-finals have almost faded out. Karachi Whites, on the other hand, are well on their way to the knock out stage, after winning two out of their three encounters.