Indian Veterans beat Pakistan by 12 runs

Published: Friday, December 19, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Jalandhar: A fine spell by medium pacer Vivek Razdan (3/23) led India Veterans to a 12-run victory over Pakistan Veterans in the first Limited Overs match of the NTPC Indo-Pak Goodwill series in Jalandhar on Friday.

Chasing a victory target of 175 runs in 30 overs, the Pakistani veterans could only manage to reach a total of 162 for seven to go down 0-1 in the three-match series.

Earlier, electing to bat, Indian Veterans started on a promising note with the two openers - Surinder Khanna (23) and Atul Wasan (28) - putting up 42 runs in just 29 balls.

But the Indians then lost a couple of wickets in quick succession and were tottering on 68 for three at one stage.

However, all-rounder Gursharan Singh (55), who was also adjudicated the Man of the Match, first built up a 47 runs partnership with Bhaskar Pillay and then gathered 35 runs for the sixth wicket with Vijay Yadav to take his team past the 150 mark.

In reply, Pakistan veterans had a disastrous start to their innings as they lost three wickets with just 31 runs on the board.

The fourth-wicket pair of Amir Malik (30) and Ijaz Ahmed (48) steadied the sinking ship with a 73 run partnership.

But with Khanna (2/33) sending both the batsman back to pavilion in a span of three overs the visitors were again forced on the back foot.

Razdan, who came back for his second spell, then ensured that there was no hope of a fight back by claiming the wickets of Mansoor Elahi and Mohammed Rashid.

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