Saurabh leads LCA to win against Pak side

Published: Saturday, March 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lucknow:Helped by Saurabh Singh's (101) fine century, hosts Lucknow Cricket Academy (LCA) took a 2-0 lead over the Youngster Cricket Club (YCC), Lahore winning by a comprehensive 92 runs in the second of the five-match Deep Fire Trophy here today.

Although LCA lost first three wickets within 15 overs, it posted a challenging total of 273 for the loss of eight wickets after 40 overs.

Saurabh Singh played the sheet anchor's role scoring 101, cracking nine boundaries and two sixes.

He was ably supported by Saurabh Bhalla, who made 68 runs hitting eight boundaries. Together, they scored 147 runs for the fourth wicket.

For visitors, Asim Khurshid and Faizal Mahmood claimed three wickets apiece conceding 29 and 46 runs respectively in their quota of eight overs.

In reply, Lahore had a shaky start losing the first wicket in very early stages and failing to knit their innings together.

The hero of Lahore team's first match Umer Akmal -- the younger brother of Pakistan national team stumper Kamran Akmal -- today failed to repeat his performance and scored only 21.

The top scorer was Asim Khurshid (27 not out). Mohd Faisal contributed 26 runs. At the end of 40 overs, the Lahore team managed 181 for the loss of nine wickets.

S S Sengar and Nadeem Mehdi claimed three wickets each at the cost of 20 and 37 runs respectively.

The third match of the series will be played at Unnao tomorrow.

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