Alubond Tigers ground Fly Emirates, lose to Ibsons

Shadeep Silva bagged six wickets and Adil Reyal three but Fly Emirates still ended up on the losing side against Alubond Tigers in Group B of the 3rd Elite Cricket Cup played at the Fairground of the Dubai Men’s College.

Alubond were sent in to bat by Fly Emirates but despite losing a wicket early in their innings Rohan Mustafa (29), Shabbir Gulam (27) and Hassan Raza (27) guided their team through with good contributions.

Yet the Tigers were not out of hot water with Shadeep and Adil claiming wickets at regular intervals.

It took No. 6 batsman Waheed Ahmed to break the shackles as he blasted three sixes and a four in his 46 and with tailender Asif Mumtaz chipping in with 14 quick runs, the Tigers managed a healthy 195.

Fly Emirates were off in a jiffy, Marlon Fernando leading the way with some big shots to the ropes.

At this stage Alubond struck three vital blows to put the brakes on Fly Emirates scoring.

When Fernando  too lost his wicket after hitting a six and seven fours for his 43 from 45 balls it looked curtains for Fly Emirates until Shaheer Reyal and Krishna Chandran joined hands for a 74-run partnership to keep them in the hunt.

But with Mohammad Azhar (3-20), man of the match Asif Mumtaz (3-39) and some miserly bowling from Umair Ali (4-1-3-2) pegging away at their batting time and again it left Fly Emirates well short of their ground and they ended up on 172.

Alubond were not that impressive in their other match when they lost to Ibsons by three wickets.

Brief scores:

Alubond Tigers beat Fly Emirates by 23 runs

Alubond Tigers 195 all out in 49.2 overs (Waheed Ahmed 46, Rohan Mustafa 29, Gulam Shabbir 27, Hassan Raza 27; Shadeep Silva 6-41, Adil Reyal 3-24). Fly Emirates 172 all out (Shaheer Reyal 45, Marlon Fernando 43, Krishna Chandran 30; Mohammad Azhar 3-20, Asif Mumtaz 3-39, Umair Ali 2-3). Man of the match: Asif Mumtaz of Alubond Tigers.

Ibsons beat Alubond Tigers by 3 wickets

Alubond 165 all out in 43.1 overs (Umair Ali 36, Hassan Raza 26, Gulam Shabbir 25, Amjad Gul 23; Fayyaz Ahmed 3-22, Kamran Shahzad 2-54, Misbah Khan 2-26) Ibsons 166 for 7 in 43.1 overs (Baber Malik 60, Waseem Bari 29 n.o., Bilal Hussain 26; Asif Mumtaz 2-49, Nasir Aziz 2-29, Rohan Mustafa 2-22). Man of the match: Baber Malik of Ibsons.

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