Irresistable Mangoes

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Mangoes are the most widely eaten fruit in South Asia and some other parts of the world and are one of the top sources of Vitamin A and also have a good amount of essential minerals. The mango is indigenous to the Subcontinent Cultivated in many tropical regions and distributed widely in the world, mango is one of the most extensively exploited fruits for food, juice, flavor, fragrance and color, making it a common ingredient in new functional foods often called superfruits.

Experts maintain that mango is some sort of comfort food, imparting deep psychological satisfaction, because of their stomach soothing properties, due to the presence of an enzyme. Although at the start of season, mangoes are available in small numbers in the markets. But in coming days, all the markets would be flooded with huge varieties.

The most popular varieties of Mangoes in Pakistan are Sindhri, Saharni, Langra, Dusehri, Neelam, Bangapali, Alphanso and Chaunsa. The fruit has arrived early this summer and now being enjoyed by all.

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Round Up of RBS T20: Day 2

Group A

A blistering century from captain Abdul Razzaq gave Lahore Lions their second win as they beat Quetta Bears by 74 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. Razzaq, who came in at No.3, took a couple of overs to settle in and then opened up, smashing eight fours and as many sixes in his innings of 109. The blitz included 28 runs off an Irfan Ismail over that helped propel Lahore to 214 for 6. Razzaq received excellent support from Salman Butt (31), and Nasir Jamshed (58), with whom he added 162 for the third wicket, as Lahore batted Quetta out of the match.

Quetta, in response, were never in a position to scale down such a massive target, struggling to 24 for 3 at one stage. Their captain Taimur Ali resisted with 42, and wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan chipped in with 26 to help them recover somewhat, but a good bowling display saw them finish on a disappointing 140 for 9. As a result, Quetta find themselves at the bottom of the Group A table with two successive defeats.

Mohammad Hafeez was the star for Faisalabad Wolves yet again as they beat Rawalpindi Rams by 27 runs at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Hafeez boosted Faisalabad to a challenging score of 170, stroking an unbeaten 79 off 56 balls including 11 fours. Not that Rawalpindi was without a chance. They had restricted the opposition to 21 for 3, but Hafeez was supported ably by Khurram Shehzad, who made a 51-ball 65 to help his team recover. Sohail Tanvir was impressive, taking 3 for 24 but his efforts were in vain.

In their reply, Rawalpindi faltered from the outset, losing wickets at frequent intervals. Opener Naved Malik threatened with a quickfire 50, smashing seven fours and two sixes, but was short of support from the other end. Hafeez did the damage once again, taking 3 for 14 to take his team to the top of the Group A table.

Group B

A 118-run opening stand between Babar Ali (58) and Sohaib Maqsood (59) laid the foundation for Multan Tigers‘ successful run-chase against Karachi Zebras at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground.

Karachi had posted a competitive score of 158, thanks to half-centuries from Shahzaib Hasan and Fahad Iqbal. They were comfortably placed at 140 for 2, but lost their way a little, losing four wickets for 18 runs. Kashif Naved, the left-arm fast bowler, took 3 for 20, and played an important role in stemming the flow of runs.

Babar and Maqsood led the reply with the latter being the more aggressive. Multan’s job was made easier by an 18-ball 30 from Rizwan Haider who struck two sixes and a four to complete the job, and hand Multan their first win. Karachi, on the other hand, has lost two in two.

Group C

Hyderabad Hawks opened their account in the RBS Twenty20 Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium with a comfortable eight-wicket win against Peshawar Panthers, who suffered their second consecutive defeat in as many days. Peshawar fell away after a good start, to post 148, and the target was easily overhauled thanks to Faisal Athar’s unbeaten 55 and Azeem Ghumman’s steady 40.

Peshawar were in a good position to post a bigger score when they were at 86 for 1 in the 12th over. The top three, including captain Younis Khan, made starts but couldn’t push on. Hyderabad too got off to a good start, with their openers adding 61 in eight overs. Faisal, walking in at No.3, hit three sixes and six fours in his 37-ball knock. Rizwan Ahmed joined him in an unbeaten stand of 74 to help Hyderabad finish the formalities.

Group D

Half-centuries from Captain Khalid Latif and Fawad Alam boosted Karachi Dolphins to a formidable score, one that they were able to defend comfortably against Abbottabad Rhinos – who lost their second consecutive game – at the Gaddafi Stadium. Karachi piled on 209 as Latif blasted a 50-ball 81, and added 106 with Fawad, who was equally ruthless, smashing 11 fours in his knock of 70.

Abbottabad were dented early in their innings, Mohammad Sami striking twice in the third over to remove the openers, though captain Adnan Raees and Fawad Khan did stage a recovery with a 61-run stand. However, it proved inadequate as Fawad chipped in with two wickets to remove both of them, and produced a run-out to seal a convincing 52-run win.

SUMMARIZED SCORE CARD:

Group B: Karachi Zebras v Multan Tigers at Lahore – May 26, 2009
Multan Tigers won by 8 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
Karachi Zebras 158/6 (20/20 ov); Multan Tigers 161/2 (18.3/20 ov)

Scorecard

Group C: Hyderabad Hawks v Peshawar Panthers at Lahore – May 26, 2009
Hyderabad Hawks won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Peshawar Panthers 148/6 (20/20 ov); Hyderabad Hawks 150/2 (19/20 ov)

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Group A: Faisalabad Wolves v Rawalpindi Rams at Lahore – May 26, 2009
Faisalabad Wolves won by 27 runs
Faisalabad Wolves 170/4 (20/20 ov); Rawalpindi Rams 143/7 (20/20 ov)

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Group D: Abbottabad Rhinos v Karachi Dolphins at Lahore – May 26, 2009
Karachi Dolphins won by 52 runs
Karachi Dolphins 209/5 (20/20 ov); Abbottabad Rhinos 157/7 (20/20 ov)

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Group A: Lahore Lions v Quetta Bears at Lahore – May 26, 2009
Lahore Lions won by 74 runs
Lahore Lions 214/6 (20/20 ov); Quetta Bears 140/9 (20/20 ov)

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Khussa: A Traditional Footware

Footwear is considered an extension of one’s personality. Well-maintained footwear says things about the owner, with cleanliness as the most important concern. Although the intricacy of this craft may have been lost to modernization, their influences are still present in shoes today.

A Tradition continues as this Traditional Pakistani shoes made by craftsmen engaged in this art for generations. Elegant Pairs with Embroidery and crafted by hand are most hot item among young and old alike. These shoes give a distinctive style to personality. Born in history of land of five rivers, it is almost impossible to quote the origination of this kind.

The people of the subcontinent are very traditional by nature. Pakistanis also possess a very rich cultural heritage. Among the list of our traditional heritage is the popular Khussa shoe which is worn by men as well as women.

For Gents

At the Lahore Museum, there is a variety of archaic shoes (Khussas) which were popular in ancient times displayed in the Islamic Gallery. These centuries’ old-fashioned shoes became most popular in the subcontinent during the Mughal Era. They came to be known as Salim Shahi after the nickname of Emperor Jehangir.

Most of the Khussas are made in the country-side. The shoe is very popular in the villages. Village cobbler makes Khussas on order for the peasants who know its comfort and durability. Now days it is popular as formal wears in “Mehndi Ceremony” when most the girls are dressed in traditional dresses along with Khussa. The embroided variety with many colors attracts every girl. Gents also wear it but it is more oftenly used at weddings by the groom, as it compliments Sherwani( Traditional Groom Dress for wedding) very well.

Exotic Jaleebi

Jaleebi Jaleebi is a very sweet Indo Pak dessert made from white flour. It is very popular within the sub-continent and the popularity is ever growing in Europe and America with jaleebi stalls popping up in Asian populated areas.

The procedure is very exciting to watch. After mixing flour with water and some baking powder it is filled into a piping bag like cloth having a hole at bottom. Afterwards it is deep fried in very hot oil in a spiraling motion and the end shape is very similar to a pretzel, it is then dipped in hot sugar syrup and can be served either hot or cold.

In Pakistani villages some people like to have it with milk, a richer dessert. At the time of religious occasions it is served also and shared amongst neighbors.

It is a famous joke that a foreigner in Pakistan use to buy jaleebi everyday. When asked about it he replied that I just wanted to investigate how you put sugar syrup inside the tubes of jaleebi?

RBS T20 Tournament in Lahore: Day 1

Group A

Mohammad Hafeez’s all-round display helped Faisalabad Wolves crush Quetta Bears by 101 runs at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Quetta captain Taimur Ali must have been ruing his decision to field first as openers Hafeez and Qaiser Iqbal provided Faisalabad a rousing start. Confident strokeplay saw the opening stand race to 155. Hafeez was the first to fall, having stroked 74 off 72 balls, including ten boundaries. Qaiser departed soon after having managed a 76-ball 80, comprising 12 fours and a six, but it was Naved Latif’s late cameo that lifted Faisalabad to 218.

During the reply, Shoaib Khan jnr’s 55 looked threatening for Faisalabad but once Ali Raza sent him back, Quetta collapsed like a house of cards. Mohammad Hafeez cleaned up the middle order to finish with impressive figures of 4-1-5-3. Raza, too, picked up three, as Quetta finished on a disappointing 117 for 8.

Jahangir Mirza, the offspinner, led a combined bowling effort – each of the Lahore Lions bowlers took at least a wicket each – to limit Rawalpindi Rams to 135 for 9, and set the stage for a resounding eight-wicket win at the Gaddafi Stadium. Awais Zia resisted with 43, but received little support from the other end.

Mirza (2 for 16) was supported well by Abdul Razzaq (2 for 28) and the Lahore batting was equally dominant. Openers Ahmed Shehzad (28) and Nasir Jamshed (32) led the reply with a brisk 64-run stand before Salman Butt (30*) and Umar Akmal (39* off just 20 balls) ended the proceedings with more than five overs to spare.

Group B

Imran Nazir struck a whirlwind, unbeaten 68 to help Sialkot Stallions beat Karachi Zebras comprehensively by eight wickets and more than seven overs to spare at the Gaddafi Stadium. Nazir struck six fours and five sixes, and was well supported by Tahir Mughal (42) in a stand of 96 for the second wicket, as Sialkot breezed through in pursuit of 134.

Their job had been made easier by a collective bowling display, as Sialkot captain Shoaib Malik (3 for 25) combined with medium-pacer Kashif Daud (2 for 32) and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman (2 for 15) to bowl out Karachi for a chaseable score. Karachi captain Faisal Iqbal, Fahad Iqbal and wicketkeeper Javed Mansoor got starts but failed to consolidate.

Group C

Fayyaz Ahmed’s quickfire half-century stole the thunder from yet a sparkling knock from Younis Khan as Islamabad Leopards made easy work of Peshawar Panthers at Gaddafi Stadium. Opting to bat, captain Younis gave Peshawar the much-needed momentum after they had lost their openers cheaply. His 70 off 46 balls was a masterful innings comprising six fours and two sixes. Sajjad Ahmed gave him able support with 38 off 34 balls as Peshawar finished on 152 for 4.

Afaq Raheem gave Islamabad a breezy start during the reply, scoring 41 off the 47 runs by the fifth over. But even as Islamabad lost both their openers, it was Fayyaz who took them to victory in the 18th over with his 46-ball 58, studded with nine fours and a six.

Group D

Lahore Eagles held their nerve to seal a tight seven-wicket win over Abbottabad Rhinos at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. They were helped by crucial contributions from each of their top three as they chased down 137 with two balls to spare. Opener Abid Ali made a relatively patient 42, and was supported well by both Ahmed Dar (34) and Azhar Ali (40), notching up half-century partnerships with each of them. Yasir Shah took two wickets, but Khaqan Arsal made an unbeaten 16 to see his team through.

Abbottabad limped to their score, squandering a comfortable position at 50 for 1. Wicketkeeper Mir Azam (28) and captain Adnan Raees (35) added 48 for the second wicket, but proceeded very slowly. Their team slipped once they departed, Azhar Ali – who starred in an allround display – taking 2 for 21, and posted an inadequate total.

SUMMARIZED SCORE CARD:

Group A: Faisalabad Wolves v Quetta Bears at Lahore – May 25, 2009
Faisalabad Wolves won by 101 runs
Faisalabad Wolves 218/2 (20/20 ov); Quetta Bears 117/8 (20/20 ov)

Scorecard

Group B: Karachi Zebras v Sialkot Stallions at Lahore – May 25, 2009
Sialkot Stallions won by 8 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
Karachi Zebras 133 (19.4/20 ov); Sialkot Stallions 137/2 (12.5/20 ov)

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Group D: Lahore Eagles v Abbottabad Rhinos at Lahore – May 25, 2009
Lahore Eagles won by 7 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Abbottabad Rhinos 137 (20/20 ov); Lahore Eagles 140/3 (19.4/20 ov)

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Group A: Lahore Lions v Rawalpindi Rams at Lahore – May 25, 2009
Lahore Lions won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Rawalpindi Rams 135/9 (20/20 ov); Lahore Lions 136/2 (14.5/20 ov)

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Group C: Islamabad Leopards v Peshawar Panthers at Lahore – May 25, 2009
Islamabad Leopards won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Peshawar Panthers 152/4 (20/20 ov); Islamabad Leopards 153/4 (17.4/20 ov)

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