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Ehsan Adil's six-fer engineers five-wicket win for Pakistan Shaheens over MCC
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Ehsan Adil's six-fer engineers five-wicket win for Pakistan Shaheens over MCC

Ehsan Adil inflicted significant damage on the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) batting line-up in a sparkling spell of seam bowling to ensure a well-earned victory for Pakistan Shaheens at Aitchison College Ground, Lahore.

The 50-over contest began with Shaheens' skipper Rohail Nazir opting to bowl first against the Kumar Sangakkara-led touring party.

This decision instantly reaped rewards as Ehsan scalped two wickets in his opening spell with the new ball. His biggest strike was the wicket of Sangakkara with the Sri Lankan cricketing great dragging on a good-length delivery onto his stumps.

Ross Whiteley then threatened to take the game away from the hosts by launching a blistering batting charge laced with five boundaries and three sixes.

He was eventually dismissed for a 39-ball 51 off the bowling of Ehsan, who also got the better of Will Rhodes to apply brakes to MCC's progress.

Experienced all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe stitched a useful partnership with Scotland pacer Safyaan Sharif as they rallied together in hopes of lifting MCC to a competitive total.

A loss of wickets at regular intervals consigned the MCC to a modest score of 204-9 in their 50 overs with Ehsan boasting impressive figures of 6-34.

Shaheens' chase was derailed by tight bowling from Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Safyaan. At one stage, the home team were teetering at 81-4 desperately seeking stability to surmount the target.

Middle-order batsmen Imran Rafiq and Hasan Mohsin then settled in to calm the nerves and conjured an unscathed partnership to safely cruise to victory.

Hasan was the aggressor of the two as he hit an unbeaten 49 off 54 deliveries while Imran offered stoic resistance in his 124-ball 66.

Shaheens crossed the finishing line with five overs to spare, handing MCC their first defeat of the tour.