Hundreds of young students at Palmerston North Boys' High School, from the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island
Yogi Group survived a compelling fight-back from William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana before chalking up a tense three-run victory in the second semifinal of the 23rd Sharjah Ramadan Tournament for the Interface Transworld Cup at the Sharjah stadium.
Yogi Group will take on Lanka Lions in the final of this tournament which is organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council and supported by 106.2 HUM FM and CBFS as associate sponsors.
If the script holds good, Yogi Group could well end up recording a grand double as they have already made it to the final against Rufi Real Estate in the second Al Dhaid Ramadan T-20 Tournament for the Conmix Cup.
Powered by a solid innings of 40 by Swapnil Patil, Yogi Group posted a challenging 151 for seven in the allotted 25 overs. The former Mumbai Ranji Trophy player smashed four fours in his 57-ball innings. Avdoot (29 not out off 17 balls with one four and two sixes) and Salman Faris (19 off 20 with one four and one six) further consolidated their innings.
Asim Khursheed was the most successful bowler for the Abu Dhabi team, claiming three for 40 while Zeeshan Safer and Mohammed Nadeem picked up two each.
William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana, in reply, had their moments to wrap up the match, but they stumbled at the finishing line, thanks to some incisive bowling by Kamran Shehzad and Usman Hameed, who both grabbed three wickets each.
Haroon Iftikhar (38 off 59), Asim Khursheed (35 off 28) and Mohammed Shafeeq (25) held the innings together for the Abu Dhabi team, but despite a fine flourish by Sajjad Saeed who chipped in with a breezy 23 off just 11 balls with one four and two sixes, they could manage only 148 for nine.
Kamran Shehzad, who was later named man of the match, had a purchase of three for 22 and Usman Hameed three for 38.
Yogi Group beat William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana by 3 runs: Yogi Group 151 for 7 in 25 overs (Swapnil Patil 40, Avdoot Amonkar 29 not out, Salman Faris 19; Asim Khursheed 3-40, Zeeshan Safer 2-27, Mohammed Nadeem 1-11) William Hare Abu Dhabi Gymkhana 148 for 9 (Haroon Iftikhar 38, Asim Khursheed 35, Mohammed Shafeeq 25, Sajjad Saeed 23, Kamran Shehzad 3-22, Usman Hameed 3-38, Ali Abbas 2-33, Salman Faris 1-31). Man of the match: Kamran Shehzad of Yogi Group. Umpires: Fidel Jaary and Tariq Butt.
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