EurAsia Cricket Series Tournament
Abu Dhabi, April 22 to May 5 2006The tournament runs from April 22nd until May 5th, and features the 'A 'teams of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Holland and Ireland, with the full UAE side completing the line up.
Ireland will be the only associate nation taking part and their invitation to the tournament is seen as reward after they qualified for the World Cup finals.
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EurAsia Cricket Series Schedule
Abu Dhabi, April 22 to May 5 2006
Groups:Group A: India, Holland, Pakistan.
Group B: Sri Lanka, UAE and Ireland.
Match schedule:League stage 1:
April 22: Ireland v UAE
April 23: India v Holland
April 24: Sri Lanka v Ireland
April 25: Pakistan v Holland
April 27: Sri Lanka v UAE
April 28: India v Pakistan
League stage 2:
April 29: India v UAE
April 29: Sri Lanka v Holland
May 01: Pakistan v Holland
May 02: India v Ireland
May 03: Sri Lanka v Pakistan
May 04: UAE v Ireland
May 05: India v Pakistan
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Pakistan A beat Sri Lanka A by 8 wickets
Hafeez, who has played 30 ODIs and three Tests including a century against Bangladesh, had faced 89 deliveries and hit nine boundaries.
He shared a valuable 79-run stand in 92 deliveries for the second wicket with Shahid Yousuf (26) after Yasir Hameed (8) fell at 22. The winner of this match will play India A in tomorrows final.
The Sri Lankan batsmen committed suicide on the middle after electing to bat. They fell to some rash shots and adding further woos were two bizarre run outs, to be all out with nine overs left in the inning. The Sri Lankan total reached some respectability courtesy 42 extras, 31 of those coming in wides and no-balls, and the second highest scorer after Malinda Warnapuras 49. Warnapura and Kaushal Silva, both let off earlier in their innings, set the platform after the two openers had departed by the end of the sixth over, but the rest of the batting fell apart.
Dilhara Lokuhettige played a little cameo inning down the order to help his team cross the 200-run mark. He hit three fours and a couple of sixes in one over off spinner Mansoor Amjad for a 3-ball 33.
Warnapuras top score contained half-a-dozen boundaries and Kaushal hit five fours and faced 55 deliveries for his 41.
Warnapura and Kaushal shared a splendid 89-run partnership for the third wicket after the two openers were back in the pavilion with just six overs completed and 31 on the board against a wayward opening spell from Umer Gul, the most experienced of the Pakistani attack. Skipper Avishka Gunawardene (1) was the first to depart caught head high by his counterpart Hasan Raza at backward point when he tried to cut left arm seamer Samiullah Khan. Ian Daniel (14) fell two runs later caught behind when trying slash a ball pitched wide outside the off stump.
ScoresResult: Pakistan A won by 8 wickets
Toss: Sri Lanka A
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez
Sri Lanka A innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4 6 DA Gunawardene c Hasan Raza b S Khan 1 19 12 0 0 GI Daniel c Zn Haider b S Khan 14 29 19 2 0 BSM Warnapura run out Zn Haider/Mohd Hafeez)49 114 71 6 0 JK Silva c Zulqarnain Haider b Umar Gul41 77 55 5 0 LPC Silva b Umar Gul 0 1 1 0 0 G Wijekoon c Shahid Yousuf b M Amjad 17 22 22 1 0 HGJM Kulatunga c Yasir Hameed b M Amjad 2 9 7 0 0 UDU Chandana run out (Hasan Raza) 6 29 24 0 0 LHD Dilhara c Yasir Hameed b Yasir Arafat33 34 30 2 3 S Weerakoon not out 3 13 6 0 0 WCA Ganegama lbw b Yasir Arafat 1 4 4 0 0 Extras (lb 10, w 27, nb 5) 42 Total (all out, 41 overs) 209 FoW: 1-29 (Gunawardene, 3.6 ov), 2-31 (Daniel, 5.6 ov), 3-120 (JK Silva, 22.5 ov), 4-120 (LPC Silva, 22.6 ov), 5-158 (Wijekoon, 29.3 ov), 6-158 (Warnapura, 29.4 ov), 7-160 (Kulatunga, 31.3 ov), 8-184 (Chandana, 37.5 ov), 9-204 (Dilhara, 40.1 ov), 10-209 (Ganegama, 40.6 ov). Bowling O M R W Umar Gul 9 0 45 2 (2nb, 7w) Samiullah Khan 6 0 22 2 (3w) Yasir Arafat 9 0 54 2 (1nb, 3w) Mohammad Hafeez 7 0 30 0 Mansoor Amjad 10 1 48 2 (2nb, 6w) Pakistan A innings R M B 4 6 Mohammad Hafeez not out 105 132 11 0 Yasir Hameed b Dilhara 8 27 1 0 Shahid Yousuf c & b Warnapura 26 47 2 0 *Hasan Raza not out 62 68 7 1 Extras (lb 2, w 5, nb 2) 9 Total (2 wickets, 45.2 overs) 210 DNB: Bazid Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq,Mansoor Amjad,Yasir Arafat, Zulqarnain Haider, Umar Gul, Samiullah Khan. FoW: 1-22(Yasir Hameed,7.5 ov), 2-101 (Shahid Yousuf,23.1 ov). Bowling O M R W Wijekoon 6 0 26 0 (2nb, 1w) Dilhara 5 1 23 1 (1w) Weerakoon 9.2 1 47 0 (1w) Ganegama 6 0 42 0 (1w) Warnapura 9 0 38 1 Chandana 10 0 32 0
Zayed International Cricket Stadium
Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu DhabiThe new stadium, a bare fifteen minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, promises a new era of sport in the Emirate. The Zayed Cricket Stadium, named after the UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is a mutli-million dirham project that has been funded and supported by the Abu Dhabi Government with the aim of turning Abu Dhabi into a world class venue for international cricket tournaments. The architectural design of the stadium is itself bound to attract attention. The facility has an18000-seat capacity with eight pitches, five of these of turf. A massive curved shade canopy covering the Grand Stand pavilion is the highlight of the stadium. It is the largest unsupported structure of any cricket stadium, weighing around 1,000 tonnes and has three pillars placed behind at the centre, symbolising the three cricket stumps.
The latest technology is being used for lighting and scoreboards to ensure accepted international standards for televising matches.
Harbhajan Singh Memorabilia
Singh's Magnificent Hat Trick
On the 1st Day of the 2nd Test, India versus Australia, in March 2001, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh achieved what no other Indian cricketer had ever done - he snared a magnificent Hat Trick.
Limited Edition Magnificent photographic collage of the three dismissals with the hat trick at Calcutta capturing photograph in each piece being personally signed by Harbhajan Singh. Each piece .encased in a timber frame with Perspex glazing and is supported by A-Tag microchip authentication technology, and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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