Salman Butt and Taufeeq Umar tame the Rest
Pakistan XI 188 for 2 (Salman Butt 91*, Taufeeq Umar 68) beat Rest of Pakistan 187 (Aamer Bashir 70, Danish Kaneria 4-42, Mohammad Sami 3-32)
The senior Pakistan side, captained by Shoaib Malik, cruised to victory over the Rest of Pakistan in a one-day charity game at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium to raise funds for tsunami relief and the recent Baluchistan flood disaster. After The Rest were bowled out for 187, the result was never in doubt after Salman Butt and Taufeeq Umar put on 151 for the first wicket. In the end the senior XI won by eight wickets with more than ten overs to spare.
Mohammad Sami, who had been under an injury cloud, proved his fitness for the forthcoming Indian tour by taking three important wickets, including the opener Faisal Athar for 0 as The Rest stumbled to 13 for 2. Then Danish Kaneria took over, grabbing four wickets as the batsmen struggled - the only decent stand was one of 92 for the fourth wicket between Aamer Bashir, who top-scored with 70, including nine fours, and Faisal Iqbal, who made 34. In all the last seven wickets tumbled for only 44 runs.
In reply Butt and Taufeeq had few problems, piling on 151 befopre Taufeeq edged Imran Tahir through to Zulqarnain Haider after scoring 68. He hit ten fours and a six. Shoaib Malik was also caught behind after a quickfire 23 from 18 balls, but it mattered little: Butt was still there at the end, having hit 13 fours.