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Pakistan wins West Asia Baseball Cup
LAHORE (Pakistan) - Pakistan captured the 10th West Asia Baseball Cup on Wednesday by winning 4-1 vs. Sri Lanka in the last of six games during this 4-nation event in Lahore. As both teams were unbeaten before the game, it also served as the deciding final of the event.

Ihsanullah went the distance for Pakistan. The pitcher (who is known by only one name) practiced for two months in South Korea.

Pakistan opened the score in the second inning when Farooq Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed crossed home plate, then added a run in the third at bat. But from here, the Sri Lankan pitching kept Pakistan from scoring and scored a run of its own in the sixth inning to narrow the deficit to 3-1. Pakistan then added an incurance run in the eighth inning, thanks to Asif Mushtaq.

By winning the West Asia Baseball Cup, Pakistan qualified for participation in the Asia Cup, which will be held later this year. Pakistan currently is in 21st place on the world ranking list of the IBAF.

Today's Honorary Guest was Rana Mashood, the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, who also handed out the awards.

The tournament win comes 20 years after baseball was introduced in Pakistan. In 1992, it was Khawar Shah, who introduced baseball in the country and went on to become Secretary General of the Pakistan Federation Baseball. Khawar Shah still holds that position and of course was on hand to witness Pakistan win the Cup.

(March 28)

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