Multiplex International and Globelink Weststar posted convincing victories in the Sharjah Summer Cup 2017 organized by Sharjah Cricket Club.
While Multiplex defeated TNS Splendid by seven wickets, Globelink got past Sialkot XI by nine wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, TNS Splendid made a strong start with openers Joseph and Surinder Kumar sharing a fine 60 runs for the first wicket.
Both were run out after scoring an identical 27. A sudden fall of wickets suddenly changed the frame of the game with most of the batsmen falling on single digits. Only Syed Mubtada Kamal (11, 21b) and Russel Mohammad (27, 22b, 2×4, 1×6) spend some time as TNS Splendid achieved 143 for nine in 20 overs.
Saad Naseem shone with the ball as he claimed three wickets while Mohammad Yasir Ali picked two each.
Chasing a relatively easier target, Akhlaq Butt smashed a brilliant unbeaten 54 from just 33 runs including two boundaries and three sixes while Sapandeep Singh chipped in with 31 from 28 balls with the help of five fours as Multiplex International achieved the target in just 15.4 overs. Mohammad Yasir Ali hit a 14-ball 20 while Saad Naseem remained unbeaten on 19 from just seven balls consisting of a boundary and two sixes.
In the other match, Globelink Weststar chasing 158 to win went around their duties comfortably to ease past the target in 14 overs.
Opener Renjith Mani was the topscorer smashing a 49-ball 76 not out peppered nine boundaries and two sixes while Laxman Sreekumar (34 not out, 13b, 1×4, 4×6) and Puneet Kumar (37, 23b, 5×4, 1×6) also made significant contributions.
Earlier batting first, Sialkot XI reached 157 for eight in 20 overs thanks to fine knocks from Usman Mushtaq (52, 43b, 3×4, 2×6), Deepak Sani (46, 32b, 3×4, 3×6) and Faraz Ahmed (28, 21b, 1×4, 2×6).
For Globelink Weststar, Laxman Sreekumar, Shanib Khasta and Renjith Mani all claimed two wickets.
Brief scores: Multiplex International bt TNS Splendid by 7 wickets. TNS Splendid: 143/9 in 20 overs (Sangeet Joseph 27, Surinder Kumar 27, Syed Mubtada Kamal 27; Saad Naseem 3/32, Mohammad Yasir Ali 2/30). Multiplex International: 145/3 in 15.4 overs (Balwinder Singh 16, Sapandeep Singh 31, Akhlaq Butt 54 not out, Mohammad Yasir Ali 20, Saad Naseem 19 not out). Man of the match: Saad Naseem.
Globelink Weststar bt Sialkot XI by 9 wickets. Sialkot XI: 157/8 in 20 overs (Deepak Sani 46, Usman Mushtaq 52, Faraz Ahmed 28; Laxman Sreekumar 2/18, Shanib Khasta 2/35, Renjith Mani 2/36). Globelink Weststar: 161/1 in 14 overs (Puneeth Kumar 37, Renjith Mani 76 not out, Laxman Sreekumar 34 not out). Man of the match: Renjith Mani.