Matloob Ahmed single-handedly wins match to give Pakistan clean sweep victory in Disability Cricket Series
Left-hander Matloob Ahmed, who does not have a right hand, scored an impressive half-century as Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 17 runs in their third T20 International Disability Cricket Series match to complete a 3-0 clean sweep at the National Stadium of Karachi.
Pakistan opted to bat first and made 164-5 in their 20 overs. Matloob, who lost his right hand as a child in a road accident, starred with a 51-run knock that included seven boundaries. Jahanzaib Tiwana chipped in with a 44-run cameo that was studded with one maximum and six fours.
For the Afghani visitors, off-spinner Abdullah grabbed three wickets for 26 runs while medium-pacer Nabiullah Nabi took 2-25.
Afghanistan got off to a solid start in reply, but after losing their first wicket for 85, lost way to finish at 145/7 at the completion of the 20 overs.
Parliamentary Leader Sindh Assembly MPA Khawaja Izharur Hasan was the chief guest on the occasion. A two-match one-day series will be played now, starting from February 26.
Afghanistan opener Muhammad Ashraf, who hit a spectacular 79 in 58 balls received the Man of the Match award. Medals also presented to the players of both teams. Muhammad Ashraf was named best player from Afghanistan while the Matloob Qureshi was the best Player from the Pakistan.