Alubond Tigers put on an authoritative show to oust Sewa CC by a massive 10-wicket victory to enter the semi-final of the 29th Ramadan Rathath MF Cup 2017, organized by the Sharjah Cricket Club.
At the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, after Sheraz Ahmad bagged three wickets to restrict Sewa CC to 136, Mohammad Qasim and Wajahat Butt scored unbeaten half centuries to guide Alubond Tigers to a convincing victory.
Put in to bat first, Sewa CC had a disastrous start losing four wickets for just 15 runs. Opener Babar Ghazanfar stayed firm at one end and was unperturbed by what was happening at the other end.
He shared small partnerships with S Tausifur Rahman (11, 22b, 1×4) and Nabeel Pulicharchi (12, 13b, 2×4) as Sewa CC could muster only 136 for eight in 20 overs.
It was Babar Ghazanfar’s unbeaten 90 from 60 balls peppered with five boundaries and six sixes.
For Alubond Tigers, Sheraz Ahmad claimed three wickets in his four overs giving away 13 runs that earned him the man of the match award while Sultan Ahmed and Fayyaz Ahmed picked two each.
Chasing an easier target, Alubond Tigers openers Mohammad Qasim and Wajahat Butt were hardly threatened as they remained unbeaten till then to achieve the target in only 12 overs.
Wajahat Butt was the more aggressive as he hammered a 39-ball 76 not out studded with four boundaries and eight sixes while Mohammad Qasim hit an unbeaten 56 from only 33 deliveries supported by four boundaries and as many sixes.
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Brief scores: Alubond Tigers bt Sewa CC by 10 wickets. Sewa CC: 136/8 in 20 overs (Babar Ghazanfar 90 not out; Sheraz Ahmad 3/13, Sultan Ahmed 2/22, Fayyaz Ahmed 2/34). Alubond Tigers: 139 for no loss in 12 overs (Mohammad Qasim 56 not out, Wajahat Butt 76 not out). Man of the match: Sheraz Ahmad.