Media XI in shock win over DCC
AK Satish, Gopal Jasapara and Duane Fonseca dazzled with the bat as Media Invitation XI beat DCC (Dubai Cricket Council) Invitation Xi by 21 runs in a festival cricket match played between the two sides at the ICC Global cricket Academy ground in Dubai.
Skipper KR Nayar won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision which proved right as openers Satish and Ahmed Abbas played with lots of determination to see off the opening spell by Adel Farooq and Paresh Amarnani.
They took their time to settle in and then belted the DCC bowlers freely to put on 64 runs for the opening essay when Abbas was bowled by Mandeep Pujji.
Satish continued with his aggressive batting slamming four boundaries to show a glimpse of yesteryear class and finally retired after making 31 runs.
Gopal Jasapara then piled on the misery for DCC with fluent shots on both sides of the wicket and enjoyed good support from Neeil (12) and Ramdas Volvoikar (13).
Fonseca then played a blinder slamming two boundaries and a huge straight driven six off Adel to make a rapid fire 19 runs in 11 balls and take his team to an imposing total of 148 runs.
Neeraj Ramamoorthy claimed two for 13.
DCC started off with the father and son duo of IP Khaitan and Nalin Khaitan opening the innings which is a record of some sorts to put on 26 run in the first five overs before 'IP' retired after making three runs.
Shoeb Muljiani (11) and Nalin then played attractive cricket to bring the required run rate to par.
Nalin top-scored for DCC XI with a knock of 30 in 22 before retiring.
Excellent bowling backed up by some spirited fielding by the Media tightened the noose for DCC as they lost Adel Farooq, Mohamed Lokhandwala and Salman Hanif in quick succession.
Neeraj with nine runs and Bashir with an unbeaten 14 runs supported by late cameos of 13 from the blade of Paresh Amarnani and 12 by Shiva Pagarani saw DCC finish on 127 runs.
At the post match presentation, Khaitan, Mazhar Khan and Mohamed Lokhandwala presented all the participating players with designer watches sponsored by DCC.
Nayar thanked DCC and all the sponsors for arranging the game which they immensely enjoyed and looked forward for some more games.
The winner’s trophy was presented by Khaitan to Nayar and Pradeep Adur while Satish and Fonseca were awarded the Best Players of the day awards.
Media Invitation XI beat DCC Invitation XI by 21 runs
Media Invitation XI 148 for 5 in 20 overs (AK Satish 31 retd, Ahmed Abbas Rizvi 11, Gopal Jasapara 33 retd, Neeil 12, Ramdas Volvoikar 13, KR Nayar 8, Duane Fonseca 19 not ut,Neeraj Ramamoorthy 2-14)
DCC Invitation XI 127 for 6 in 20 overs (Nalin Khaitan 30 retd, Shoeb Muljiani 11, Neeraj Ramamoorthy 9, Bashir 14 retd, Paresh Amarnani 13, Shiva Pagarani 12 not out, Duane Fonseca 2-13)
Best Players: A.K Satish and Dwayne Fonseca of Media Invitation XI.
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