LAHORE Lahore Corps cricket team registered four-wicket victory over Australian Army cricket team in an exciting T20 match played here at the Battle Axe Stadium Cantt on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 131 in the allotted 20 overs, the hosts achieved victory in the 19th over. Sabir Hussain was top scorer with 29 runs while M Afzal slammed 28, Anwar Khan 18 and Qayyum Nasir unbeaten 17. Robert Maram was the most successful bowler from Australian Army , who claimed two wickets for 19 runs while Thomas Gilmore and Nicolas Brown got one wicket apiece for 12 and 17 runs respectively.

Earlier batting first, Australia Army team posted 130 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets in the allotted overs. Mark Brown hammered stylish 39 while Craig Holmes delighted the crowd with his brief innings of 28 studded with three towering sixes and a four and Beau Wright contributed 23. Awais Zafar, Imran Ali and Nauman Naveed took one wicket each. M Afzal was declared man of the match .

Former Test cricketers Majid Khan, Salim Altaf, Intikhab Alam and Abdul Qadir witnessed the match at the special invitation. Renowned cricket commentator Chishty Mujahid and Fakhra-e-Alam amused the crowd with their running commentary. Whereas, former Test cricketer Amir Sohail contributed with his accurate and polished remarks on the match time line. Also present were a large number of Army officers along with their families who also enjoyed the match . Australian International Policy Advisor for Pakistan Simon Tchaikovsk and Defence Attache Col David Bruk were also present there to see players of both the countries’ army men in action.

Later, chief guest Commander Lahore Corps Lt Gen Sadiq Ali thanked Australian Army cricket team for travelling to the historic city of Lahore and hoped that Australian cricket team would also visit Pakistan soon. He also gave away prizes to the players.