The duo of Amjad Javed (5 for 44) and Lalit Dahanayaka (56) dazzled for Fly Emirates to give their team a flying start as they beat Farooq Cricket Club by 48 runs in the DCC Elite Cup 50 overs tournament conducted by the Dubai Cricket Council at the Fair ground oval.
Batting first Fly Emirates made 212 for 8 and bowled out Farooq CC for 181.
Fly Emirates lost Mohammad Imran early as he was run-out but opener Arshad Ali and one-drop
Amjad Javed then played with responsibility putting on 41 runs.
Arshad 15, was picked up by Qasim Zubair while Amjad was then out to Mumtaz Allah after he had made 27 runs in which he hit four boundaries and a six.
Saby Fernandes and Nigel Fernandes partnered well as both played freely to make 37 runs and 41 runs respectively as Saby hit five boundaries in his fine essay.
Abdullah Azhar bowled a fine spell bagging Saby and Nigel but Lalit Dahanayaka then further consolidated Fly Emirates innings making 56 runs in 66 balls with two sixes and three fours to take his team to 212 runs in their 50 overs.
Abdullah Azhar finished with three for 39 as he also picked up Fawad Syed towards the end.
Farooq CC began strongly with openers Asim Saeed (18) and Shehzad Khalid (31) putting on 50 in ten overs.
It was at this stage that Amjad Javed wreaked havoc as he bundled out five batsmen and Saad Reza picked up one to send Farooq cricket club to a free fall to have them tottering from 50 for one to 66 for six.
Amjad picked up Asim, Shehzad, Abdullah Azhar, Ahmed Shaukat and Qais Farooq 19, to put the skids in the Farooq batting.
Only a 59-run partnership between Qais Farooq who made 19 runs and Adel Reyal who top scored with a patient knock of 45 in 82 balls with five fours saved them from total disaster.
Farooq CC were finally bowled out for 164 with Amjad Javed finishing with five for 44 runs and he was well supported by Nigel Fernandes who wrapped up the tail picking up three for 15.
Fly Emirates beat Farooq CC by 48 runs
Fly Emirates 212 for 8 in 50 overs (Arshad Ali 15, Amjad Javed 27, Saby Fernandes 37, Nigel Fernandes 41, Lalith Dahanayaka 56, Abdullah Azhar 3 for 39)
Farooq CC 187 all out in 41.1 overs (Asim Saeed 18, Shehzad Khalid 31, Qais Farooq 19, Adel Reyal 45, Salman Farooq 16, Amjad Javed 5 for 44, Nigel Fernandes 3 for 15)
Man of the match: Amjad Javed and Lalith Dahanayake of Fly Emirates.
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