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Azharuddin stars in Indian Seniors' win

With a brilliant 82, Azhar guided India Seniors to a 3-wicket victory over Pakistan Seniors in the first one-dayer of the 4-match veterans' cricket series.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 19:16 IST

A strokeful 82 by Mohammad Azharuddin guided India Seniors to a 3-wicket victory over Pakistan Seniors in the first one-dayer of the 4-match veterans' cricket series on Sunday.

Showing exquisite wrist work and excellent stroke selection, Azharuddin belted 8 boundaries and a six in his 78-ball 82 as the tourists achieved the victory target of 254 with six balls to spare.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan also watched the match and presented the Man-of-the-Match award to Azharuddin.

Amarjeet Singh chipped in with a valuable 42 from 64 balls as Pakistan bowling, spearheaded by Aqib Javed, struggled to create inroads.

Off-spinner Ijaz Fakih bagged 3 for 41 while Zaheer Elahi claimed 2 for 33. Abdul Qadir and Aamir Sohail scooped one wicket each.

Earlier, Pakistan Seniors scored 253 for 5 from the allotted 40 overs. Azam Khan top scored with an 83-ball 71, Aamir Sohail hit 8 fours in a 75-ball 64, Raees Ahmed contributed 38, Mansoor Akhtar stroked a rapid 35 while Javed Miandad remained unbeaten on 16.

The second one-dayer will be played at Sialkot on Tuesday.

Brief scores: Pakistan Seniors: 253-6 in 39 overs (Azam Khan 71, Aamir Sohail 64, Raees Ahmed 38). India Seniors: 256-7 in 39 overs (Azharuddin 82, Amarjeet Singh 42, Praveen Amre 31, Manoj Prabhakar 13, Nayan Mongia 15 not out, Vivek Razdan 18, David Johnson 11, Ijaz Fakih 3-41, Zahoor Elahi 2-33, Abdul Qadir 1-47, Aamir Sohail 1-40).

First Published: Apr 23, 2006 19:16 IST