CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA: Salim Malik scored 126 off 111 balls as Pakistan began their cricket tour of Australia with 296 run win over North Queensland in a limited over match on Thursday.

North Queensland, batting second, made 204 for seven but their effort was always likely to be overshadowed by Pakistan’s score of 300 for seven.

Salim, who scored 70 of his runs in boundaries, was involved in two major stands, 82 for the third wicket with Ejaz Ahmed and 128 for the fourth wicket with Saeed Anwar.

Ejaz made 43 and Saeed 59, both scoring at better than a run per ball

Pakistan Captain Imran Khan had a quiet opening to the tour, scoring 12 and failing to take a wicket on the lifeless pitch. His 10 overs cost 33 runs.

Pakistan has two matches against Quens-land at the weekend before the December 10 start of the World Series cup also involving Australia and the West Indies.

Article extracted from this publication >> December 9, 1988