Friday, March 23, 2012

Pakistan crush Iran 11-0 in Opener of 10th West Asia Baseball Cup

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

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LAHORE, March 23:  Pakistan made a flying start in the 10th West-Asia Baseball Cup, crushing Iran in the opening match 11-0 at the Punjab Stadium here on Friday.

The Iran team, which was looking a strong and restricted Pakistan from scoring any run until Arshad Khan hit a home-run in the second inning, later failed to give significant resistance mainly due to the fine pitching of the Pakistani pitchers.

Pakistan earned their second run through Muhammad Asif in the third inning. In all Asif contributed three runs. Pakistan was more offensive in the fourth and fifth innings as they added five runs. While in the fourth inning, Asif and Iftikhar Ahmad contributed one run each, in the fifth inning Arshad , Farooq Khan and Asif added one run apiece as Pakistan were leading with a comfortable lead of  7-0 by the end of the fifth inning.

While Iran failed to response, the aggressive Pakistan team made one more run in the sixth inning through Arslan to take 8-0 lead. In the seventh inning, which proved the last of the match, Pakistan further added three runs through Sumair Zawar, Arif Senior and Arslan to win the match easily.

In the second match, Pakistan will take on Afghanistan on Saturday at 2.pm.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka team has also reached Lahore and took a round of the Punjab Stadium.

President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Lt. Gen. Syed Arif Hasan inaugurated the event. Secretary POA Mr. Khalid Mahmood, president Pakistan Federation Baseball Mr. Shaukat Javed and secretary PFB Khawar Shah, Mohsin Khan Vice President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Haider Khan Lehri Associaate Secretary PFB, Wisal Khan Vice President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Muhammad Tahir & Ramazan Kasoori President  and Secretary Islamabad Baseball Association, and other official of the Federation  were also present on the occasion.