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MCC started their four-match tour of Pakistan with a four-wicket victory of Lahore Qalandars in a T20 encounter on the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Captained by President, Kumar Sangakkara, MCC elected to bowl first and had been rewarded with an excellent begin when Salman Butt was run-out by Roelof van de Merwe for 28.
Following his run-out, van de Merwe proved his class with the ball shortly after, dismissing Mohammad Faizan (2), earlier than Mohammad Hafeez (0) was caught behind off the bowling of Michael Learsk.
MCC continued their dominance with the ball with van der Merwe selecting up his second wicket of the match, eradicating Jaahid Ali (2) as Qalandars discovered themselves struggling at a rating of 61-Four within the 11th over.
Fakhar Zaman and Sohail Akhtar offered some stable resistance for the hosts, however when Samit Patel caught Zaman off the bowling of Fred Klaassen, MCC firmly discovered themselves within the driving seat.
Akhtar continued to strive his greatest to take his facet to a aggressive complete, with a vigorous rating of 40 off 28 balls together with two sixes, as Lahore Qalandars completed their 20 overs with a complete of 135/5.
In response, MCC opened with a gradual begin to their innings. Each Will Rhodes (3) and Michael Leask (10) misplaced their wicket to Maaz Khan and Usman Shinwari, respectively with their dismissals bringing Sangakkara to the crease.
The Sri Lanka legend offered some stability to MCC however after hitting back-to-back fours, he was caught by Akhtar off the bowling of Dilbar Hussain for a helpful 25 off 27 balls.
Nevertheless, Sangakkara’s elimination didn’t show to be too pricey for the touring facet, as Ravi Bopara (41) and Samit Patel (31) managed to steer MCC nearer to victory earlier than unbeaten knocks from Ross Whiteley (10*) and van der Merwe (2*) secured the win with 4 balls spare.
MCC will subsequent play Pakistan Shaheens on Sunday in a 50-over contest at Aitchison School.
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