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Pak’s finest hour: 264 in T20!

4th December 2012

Muhammed Akram recieves man of the match Muhammed Akram recieves man of the match

Bangalore, December 4th 2012- It’s raining records at the T20 World Cup for the Blind. After Ajay K Reddy’s fastest ever ton yesterday for India, it was the turn of Pakistan’s Mohammad Akram to hit a whirlwind 264 in 85 balls and take his team to an invincible total of 366 for 5 wickets. In reply, West Indies was nowhere in the hunt from the word go and ended up at166 for 8, losing by a huge margin of 200 runs.

Studded with 49 fours and 5 sixers, Akram‘s 264 found the fence nearly every second ball he faced, slaughtering the Windies bowling with utter disdain. “It was one of those days when you connect the ball from the first ball and I guess I was in the zone,” Akram said, adding that he would cherish this knock forever. A B3 category player (partially sighted), his all-round stroke play had class written all over it. Akram has also created another world record – of scoring the maximum runs in boundaries and sixers in an innings – a whopping 226 out of 264 overall: Enough to be known as the Chris Gayle of Blind Cricket.

Double centurion Mohammad Akram may have toyed with the Windies bowling but he feels their fielding was good enough to prevent him from getting a triple hundred. “But I am aiming to get a 300,” he sent out a warning to the other teams. Akram’s highest score in T20 till date was 75, but he said he knew a bigger score was awaiting him. Thrilled about his new world record score, he however stated his final goal is to win the world cup for Pakistan. His inspiration for playing aggressively he says is Shahid Afridi, though his favorite player is Saurav Ganguly whom he is looking forward to meet as Dada is the Brand Ambassador for this tournament.

After notching up upwards of 300 runs in all the 3 matches up to now, Pakistan looks the most dangerous side in the world cup. It’s a warning to India, the only other team which has struck similar form in its previous games.

Brief Scores:
Pakistan: 366 for 5 (Mohammad Akram (B3) 264 (85); Mohammad Zafar (B1) 50 (18); Ali Murtaza (B2) 22 (11)) Bowling: Jason Ricketts (B1) (3 for 37) beat West Indies: 166 for 8 (Lo-Shane Myles (B3) 43 (31); Jason Ricketts (B1) 28 (16) Bowling: Zeeshan Abbasi (B2) (3 for 35). Man of the Match: Mohammad Akram.

Muhammed Akram in Action who scored 264 in 84 balls Muhammed Akram in Action who scored 264 in 84 balls