Karachi: Skipper Nadeem Omar played a brilliant inning but it was not enough in the end as Omar Associates went down fighting by 22 runs in their encounter against Karachi Gymkhana here at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground.
This exhibition match was organized by Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA).
Nadeem Omar played a brilliant 68-run knock off 64 balls to provide Omar Associates a strong platform to win the match. He was later adjudged Man of the Match even though his team failed to win the match.
Batting first, Karachi Gymkhana scored 191-5 in 22 overs. Saleem Parekh was the top scorer for the side with 50 off 48 balls, hitting six fours while Tayyab Yousuf remained undefeated on 38 off 32 balls with the help of four boundaries. Leg-spinner Sajid Ansari (2-30) was the pick of the Omar Associates bowlers.
Chasing a target of 192 in 22 overs, Omar Associates got off to a flying start through the opening pair of Nadeem Omar and Fawad Ijaz Khan, both of whom scored briskly and put on 120 runs for the opening partnership.
Fawad Ijaz Khan was dismissed after scoring 48 off 44 balls, smashing five fours while Nadeem Omar went on to score unbeaten 68 off 64 balls with the aid of three boundaries.
The asking rate could not be maintained in the final phase of the innings and Omar Associates was restricted to 169-4 in 22 overs. For Karachi Gymkhana Akhter Muneer and Jaffer Qureshi took two wickets each for 22 and 25 runs respectively.
Later, chief guest Muzaffar Alam presented Man of the Match award to Nadeem Omar while Saleem Parekh and Akhtar Munir were declared best batman and best bowler respectively.