Red Flower Tourism and Multiplex International posted easy wins to enter the final of the 27th Sharjah Ramadan Cup 2016. The tournament is organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
A spectacular unbeaten half century from Salman Randhawa (84) helped Red Flowers Tourism post a six-wicket victory over Dubai Hawks in the first semifinal.
Abdul Shakoor's quickfire 85 saw Multiplex International defeat UBL by three wickets in the second semifinal.
Randhawa plundered as many as 10 sixes including five in an over and three boundaries to set the Sharjah Cricket Stadium alight during his astonishing 27-ball knock.
Till then the match was evenly balanced or more so tilted in favour of Dubai Hawks. At 106 for four they still had another 97 runs from less than nine overs to achieve which Randhawa and Rinku Kumar (28 not out) completed as Red Flower Tourism got to 207 for four in only 17.4 overs.
Earlier, put in to bat first posted an impressive 202 for six in 20 overs.
UAE cricketer Shaimon Anwar top scored with a fine 42-ball 71 peppered with five boundaries and four sixes while Shahzad Malik blasted 69 from 37 deliveries smashing six sixes and four boundaries.
Asked to bat first, UBL made 186 for six in 20 overs.
Mohammad Boota put the bowlers to sword hitting a 36-ball 67 consisting of four boundaries and five sixes.
Chasing a challenging target, Multiplex International lost wickets at regular intervals before Shakoor took charge. He clubbed seven sixes and three boundaries as Multiplex International achieved the target with three balls to spare.
Red Flowers Tourism bt Dubai Hawks by 6 wickets: Dubai Hawks 202 for 6 in 20 overs (Fahad Tariq 16, Shaimon Anwar 71, Shahzad Malik 69, Bilal Irshad 14, Ahmed Shoukat 23 not out; Shafadat Ali 2 for 42, Mubashir Ahmed 2 for 27) Red Flowers Tourism 207 for 4 in 17.4 overs (Waqas Raja 35, Yaqoob Nasia 18, Yasir Kaleem 29, Rinku Kumar 28 not out, Salman Randhawa 84 not out; Naqash Basharat 2 for 58). Man of the match: Salman Randhawa.
Multiplex International bt UBL by 3 wickets: UBL 186 for six in 20 overs (Syed Maqsood 47, Humayun Ashraf 11, Shahzad Manna 11, Mohammad Boota 67, Bilal Azmat 11, Mohammad Naveed 27; Abdul Haq 2 for 39) Multiplex International 187 for 7 in 19.3 overs (Haroon Ahmed 11, Ali Zeeshan 13, Aklaq Butt 12, Mohammad Yasir 29, Abdul Shakoor 85 not out, Zeeshan Khan 19, Abdul Haq 12; Bilal Azmat 3 for 30, Hafeez Ur Rehman 2 for 38). Man of the match: Abdul Shakoor.
Umpires: Syed Shabbir Ali and Naveed Ismail. Scorers: Zameel Hameed and M Asif.