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Cricket crazy - Islamabad Leopards win Quaid-e-Azam game after being bowled out for 54

Pete Culshaw in Latest News 9 Dec 2014
A bizarre game between Islamabad and Multan saw one team win after scoring 54.

This is probably a first that a team that bats first in a domestic game and gets bowled out for 54 actually goes on to win a game.

Okay, scratch that. 

There have been Test teams way back in the 19th century and the early 20th century who did win with scores of less than 100 in the first innings of Test matches but hey, those were on uncovered pitches and where batting remained an objective of great difficulty on all days of a game.

Take for instance, England's 45 all out in the first innings of their Test against Australia in 1886-87. Australia replied with 119 to take what looked like a healthy lead of 74 runs on a tough track. The second time around England performed way better to score 184 but that set their arch-rivals just 111 to win the game. Australia were bowled out for 97.

Similarly there are four other scores of less than 100 that were defended way back in those days. One other score of 99, made by Pakistan as recently as 2011-12 also finds its way into this list and it came against England, who had replied with 141. The second time around, Pakistan, aided by centuries from Azhar Ali and Younis Khan, batted way better and set England 324 to win. England managed just 252.

Again, it was a good win but only a 72-run victory.

Well, I say 'only' because of what happened in a domestic game in Pakistan earlier today.

It was a Quaid-e-Azam game between Multan Tigers and Islamabad Leopards played at the Multan Cricket Ground, that started from December 6. The Leopards were put into bat and little-known fast bowler Mohammad Asif (not the one involved in spot-fixing), took an eight-for and bowled them out for a paltry 54. 

I have already revealed the suspense earlier - yes, the Leopards did win the game despite scoring just those many. What's even more surprising is that they won by a whopping 303 runs!

So here's how it panned out; Multan replied with 121 before the Leopards fell to 147 for five again. At this stage, their lead was just 82 runs and they had lost half their side. Faizan Riaz and Imad Wasim were then involved in a stand worth 323 runs - that was one run more than what had been scored for the loss of 25 wickets before that!

They were bowled out for 575 in the end, and left to chase down a humongous 509, the Tigers folded up for 205 in their second innings. 

Clearly, a game that will go into the annals as one of the more unbelievable encounters in domestic cricket.

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