[HD video below] Abdul Razzaq and Sohail Tanvir hammered
half-centuries as Pakistan today swept to a 35-run victory over England
to be crowned champions at the Karp Group Hong Kong Sixes at the
Kowloon Cricket Club.
Pakistan captain Razzaq hit a
scintillating 63 not out and was matched stroke for stroke by the
left-handed Tanvir, 58, as Pakistan set an imposing target of 155.
It was beyond England who were bowled out with two balls left in
the final eight-ball over.
The victory saw Pakistan draw
level with England as the team with the most number of wins – each
having five titles. But Pakistan warned they will be back for
“We are delighted to have matched England with five
wins a piece. But we want to make it six next year,” said happy
skipper Razzaq who was named Man-of-the-Match.
Hollioake award for the Player-of-the-Tournament went to teammate
Umar Akmal whose fantastic batting – he aggregated 197 – set the
tournament alight. But in the final, it was all Razzaq and Tanvir
as they plundered the English bowling at will.
“It was a
superb batting display,” conceded England captain Rory
Hamilton-Brown. “We were up against some world-class players and
getting to the final itself was creditable for us.”
England’s run-chase never got off the ground with wickets falling
in bundles. Akmal was the chief wrecker, taking three wickets in
his over, including a superb one-handed diving catch to dismiss dangerman Darren Stevens.
Pakistan had looked determined all week and easily
outshone the marque side - the Woodworm All Stars- who had
included countryman Shahid Afridi and Sri Lankan legend Sanath
The All Stars bowed out in the quarterfinals,
failing to defend a sizeable total of 118 against Sri Lanka who
made it home in the very last delivery.
was in good nick with the bat, blasting 34 runs, including five
huge sixes, in the very first over to get the Woodworm All Stars
off to a great start and the impetus was continued by Ryan ten Doeshcate (32 not out) and Lou Vincent (30) as the All Stars set a
Sri Lanka’s best bowler was Thisara Perera
who conceded only 10 runs and grabbed the vital wicket of Shahid
Afridi caught and bowled. Perera was unable to follow that up with
the bat being run out without scoring, but fine knocks by Kushal
Perera (34), Dilshan Munaweera (34) and Sachith Pathirana (33)
helped the island nation squeeze out victory in the very last
Pathirana was the hero for Sri Lanka. Needing four
runs off the last delivery, he smacked Indian leg-spinner Piyush
Chawla for a massive six.
Crowd favourites India never had
enough runs on the board and went down to England in another
nail-biting quarter final. Indian openers Dinesh Karthik (32) and
Mayank Agarwal (35) set a sound foundation but the rest of the
batting failed to keep the momentum as India totaled 99. Chasing
100 for victory, England successfully completed the task with
skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown leading the way with an accomplished
In the bottom half of the draw, hosts Hong Kong claimed
the scalp of Scotland comfortably chasing down a target of 101
with five balls to spare. Hong Kong lost top batsmen Babar Hayat,
run-out without facing a ball, and Munir Dar both the victims of
superb fielding by Scot wicketkeeper Calum Macleod. But good
knocks from Nizakat Khan, Tanvir Afzaal and Haseeb Amjad guided
Hong Kong home.
Pakistan knocked out the other associate
member making its debut, Ireland who could only manage to post 86
thanks to 33 from Paul Stirling. Despite losing wickets
constantly, including the big-hitting Umar Akmal for 24, Pakistan
were always in control of the run- phase thanks to opener Sharjeel
Khan who carried his bat for a well-compiled 40.
semi-finals saw Hong Kong take on Pakistan while Sri Lanka met
England. Both ended in comfortable victories - Pakistan defeating
Hong Kong by 32 runs after compiling 116, while England
successfully defended a total of 101 and winning by seven runs.
In the final though, it was all Pakistan, with the batsmen
delivering the knockout punch.
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Cricket Sixes - Interview with Glyn
Davies, Tournament Director