Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball
LAHORE: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka 8-2 to win the First SAARC Baseball Cup at the Punjab Stadium here on Sunday. Pakistan won gold as it won all of their matches played in the Tournament. Sri Lanka won silver while Afghanistan received the bronze medal.
Pakistan started their first inning with Imtiaz making a score. Sri Lankan batters failed to make any runs. In the second inning Pakistan couldn’t score any runs while Sri Lankan batters made two through Khosla and Timmuni. Sri Lnakn enjoyed the one-run lead till the end of the fourth inning. Pakistan batters however, composed themselves and clubbed Sri Lankan pitchers in the fifth inning in all corners of the ground. Pakistan made five scores. Hafiz Musaddaq hit a home run. Imtiaz, Arshad, Zaheer, Asif Mustaq also contributed with one run each.
Sri lankan batters could not make any score in rest of their innings amid very tight and accurate pitching by the home side pitcher team captain Pakistan Ihsanullah. Pakistan made one score in the sixth innng through Imtiaz and one more in the eighth through Asif to win the match by a lead of six runs.
At the closing ceremony Punjab Education and sports Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman gave away prizes amongst the players. He also announced, on behalf of the Punjab chief minister, a sum of Rs 1.5 million for the players and the officials and Rs. one million for the Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBF). The PBF President Shaukat Javed and secretary General Khawar Shah were also present on the occasion.