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Pakistan-Canada Twenty20 match held on October 10, 2008 in the four nation cricket tournament hosted by Canada also shown some brightness. Earlier at the start, Pakistan own the toss and choose to bat. Salman Butt knocked a match winning score of 74 from 56 balls which includes 6 fours and 3 magnificent "over the roofs".


Shoaib Khan Jr. was the first man out for Pakistan Cricket Team at 20 runs where he scored 9 from 8 balls. But it did nothing to stop Pakistan to score gradually. 137 at the end of innings was not well expected by Pakistan cricket team. 17th and 18th over of Balaji Rao and Dhaniram was two big overs for Pakistan. Then Baidwan has muted the bats of Butt and Misbah in the same over which was the 19th over of Pakistan innings. These two was the highest and 2nd highest PAK scorer on that match. Later, boom boom Afridi came with his willow of wishes, but did not stayed more than 3 balls. But he scored 7,  includes a over boundary. Canadian bowler Bhatti and Baidwan took 3 wickets each.


On the other hand Speed Star Shoaib Akhtar- was playing his first International cricket match after last December, make Pakistan camp happy with an early breakthrough in the second innings by picking up Samad who scored none. After early break on the opening partnership, Rizwan Cheema opened his score card with a Six over long on off Sohail Tanvir. But, after his departure at the 14th over, his innings of 34 seemed like a slower one as here at T20s where he spent 42 balls. But it was the Canadian highest innings decorated with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Both of Dhaniram and David of Canada scored second highest: 17 runs.  Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir took 2 wickets each. Where Shoaib Akhtar has really done awesome with economic rate 3.66 per over.


However Canada did well enough to fight the PAK cricketers but was not well enough to capture the match win in their hand.

Short scorecard: Pakistan 137 for 7 (Butt 74, Baidwan 3-15, Bhatti 3-23) beat Canada 102 for 9 (Cheema 35, Shoaib 2-11) by 35 runs