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Pakistan v Zimbabwe - Oct 30, 1996 Scorecard
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The inaugural first-class match was played at Race Course Ground (now Bugti Stadium) between Balochistan and Sindh on October 29-31, 1954. Mohammad Munaf and and Amir Ghauri batted well and helped Sindh compile a respectable total despite Akhtar Khan's good bowling. Akbar Khan again helped save Balochistan from complete collapse with his fine batting. In the second innings Sindh were bundled out for 107 runs and because of their lead of 72 runs, managed to win the match helped by some good bowling from Maqsood Hussain and Muzaffar Hussain. Summarized Scores: Sindh 295 (Mohammad Munaf 73, Akbar Khan 6-81) and 107 (Mohammad Munaf 45). Balochistan 223, (Akbar Khan 54) and 126 (K.M. Akhtar Khan 57). Sindh won by 53 runs.

The inaugural One-day International match was played here between hosts Pakistan and India on October 1, 1978. The Indian total had seemed inadequate in spite of a brisk 50 from Mohinder Amarnath. Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas appeared to be pacing Pakistan to victory when Mohinder Amarnath bowled them in quick succession. Bedi's captaincy and field placing had much to do with India's victory, the first that they had achieved over a Test-playing country in limited over cricket.

The last ODI at Quetta was played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe on October 29, 1996. Wasim Akram became the first bowler to take 300 wickets in One-day Internationals, in his 208th match when he trapped Houghton with his fourth ball of the match. That sent Zimbabwe sliding towards 25 for three by the tenth over. They made an excellent recovery, thanks to the Flower brothers, who added 143; Grant Flower's gritty 91 took just 94 balls. But Pakistan were steered home by Saleem Malik, unbeaten 72 from 77 balls. Hasan Raza made a debut at the age 14 years and 227 days.

(M. Shoaib Ahmed, March 2002)

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