England have won the first ever ICRC T20 International Cricket Tournament for people with disabilities, prevailing over Pakistan in the final. England put up a fine performance with the bat to beat Pakistan by 19 runs at BKSP ground No. 3 in Bangladesh on Thursday.
Electing to bat first, England posted an imposing 175 for four. Openers Alex Hammond (30) and Gordon Laidwan (40) laid a solid foundation before Callum Flynn (45 off 29) took Pakistan bowling apart and remained unbeaten to help his team reach the mammoth total.Fayaz Ahmed, Abdullah Ejaz and Jahanzaib took a wicket each for Pakistan.In reply, Pakistan managed 156 for 7 in 20 overs.
Pakistan, too, were off to a fluent start with Hasnain Alam (26 off 14) looking good.After Fred Bridges took him out, Rehan Gani took charge and maintained the momentum. But he fell to an untimely run out for 36 in the 15th over that dashed Pakistan’s title hopes.Bridges was the pick of the bowlers returning 4 for 24.England, who lost to Bangladesh in the opener, defeated Pakistan twice on their way to the trophy.
The tournament, which is the first of its kind, has been organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross along with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan and Bangladesh Cricket Board.