Rejee Mohan and Asif Raza blasted superb half centuries to guide CBI to a 14-run victory over UCT Sharjah in the newly-launched Al Dhaid Invitation T20 Tournament organised by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
In the other match, Eids CC and UAE Lions fought an interesting battle as the match ended in a tie.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first at the Al Dhaid Cricket Village, CBI posted an impressive 223 for eight in 20 overs. Openers Rajeev Patel and Mohan shared a superb 110 in less than 10 overs. While Rajeev fired a 21-ball 41 supported by seven boundaries and a six, Mohan hit a 67 from 27 with the help of nine fours and four sixes.
Shajil Balan hit 28 from 21 before a few wickets fell in quick succession.
Asif Raza slammed a late 59 from only 25 balls peppered with three boundaries and six sixes as CBI posted a fine 223 for eight in 20 overs.
Rana Akbar was the pick of the bowlers claiming four wickets while Gohar Ali picked two for UCT Sharjah.
Chasing a big target, UCT Sharjah opener Salim Rahim cracked eight boundaries and three sixes to hit a brilliant 53 from only 18 balls.
Fahad (29) further consolidated before a few quick wickets put pressure on UCT Sharjah.
Mohammed Ajmal suddenly put life into the match as he fired 105 runs from just 53 balls containing seven boundaries and as many sixes. But after he was unlucky to be run out CBI managed to tighten up things to ensure CBI could manage only 209 for five in 20 overs.
For the winners, Shaikh Imran claimed three wickets.
In the other match, batting first, Eids CC made a fine start with Faheem Ahmed scoring 78 and Mujahid Khan hitting 23. Wickets fell at frequent intervals before Rohail Rafat hit a crucial 21 to ensure Eids CC posted 156 for seven in 20 overs.
For UAE Lions, Tauqeer and Imran picked three wickets each.
In reply, UAE Lions had a bad start with only Noman scoring 24. A last wicket partnership from Farhan Malik and Touqeer (20 not out) took the team closer but Farhan got out on 31 from 21 balls as UAE Lions were all out for
156 in 18.5 overs.
For Eids CC, Mujahid Khan, Ahmed Khan, Majid Bashir and Ali all claimed two wickets each.
Brief scores: CBI bt UCT Sharjah by 14 overs. CBI: 223/8 in 20 overs (Rajeev Patel 41, Rajee Mohan 67, Shajil Balan 28, Asif Raza 59; Rana Akbar 4/16, Gohar Ali 2/31). UCT Sharjah: 209/5 in 20 overs (Salim Rahim 53, Fahad M 29, Mohammed Ajmal 105; Sheikh Imran 3/24). Man of the match: Ajmal.
Eids CC tied with UAE Lions. Eids CC: 156/7 in 20 overs (Fahim Ahmed 78, Mujahid Khan 23, Rohail Rafat 21; Tauqeer 3/18, Imran Gorey 3/33). UAE
Lions: 156 all out in 18.5 overs (Noman 24, Farhan Malik 31, Touqeer 20 not out; Mujahid Khan 2/36, Ahmed Khan 2/17, Majid Bashir 2/30, Ali 2/20). Man of the match: Fahim Ahmed.