Fahad Nawaz produced a superb allround performance to guide ECB Blues to a victory over UAE Lions in the 9th Al Dhaid Gold Cup Tournament 2016/17, organized by Sharjah Cricket Council.
Nawaz first hit a fluent 44 to provide the perfect base for ECB Blues and then returned to pick an impressive five-wicket haul to ensure his team cruised to victory by 34 runs.
Put in to bat first, ECB Blues were off to a rousing start with Fahad Nawaz and Shehzad Khalid sharing a brilliant 102 runs.
Fahad Nawaz departed facing 60 balls scoring 44 including four boundaries.
Shehzad Khalid and Laxman Sreekumar ensured they further strengthened the total as the duo added a crucial 69 runs.
Shehzad Khalid was cautious in his approach scoring 78 from 96 balls consisting of six boundaries, while Laxman Sreekumar scored a 40-ball 43 supported by five fours.
Ansh Tandon (15 not out) and Ateeq Ur Rahman (14 not out) saw through the final overs as ECB Blues posted a fine 225 for four in 37 overs.
Tauqeer Azhar claimed two wickets for UAE Lions.
Chasing a stiff target, UAE Lions had an early loss before Saqib Azeem (27, 26b, 4×4) and Saleem Raheem (54, 52b, 5×4, 2×6) put their team’s chase back on track.
Irfan Naseem chipped in with 23 before Fahad Nawaz ran through the middle and lower order as UAE Lions were shot out for 191 in 34.1 overs.
Qammar Hussain could only helplessly watch as he remained unbeaten at one end at 45 from 35 balls consisting of two balls and as many sixes.
Fahad Nawaz bagged five wickets in his eight overs giving away 51 runs, while Ahsan Ali Khan claimed two.
Brief scores: ECB Blues bt UAE Lions by 34 runs. ECB Blues: 225 for four in 37 runs (Fahad Nawaz 44, Shahzad Khalid 78, Laxman Sreekumar 43, Ansh Tandon 15; Touqeer Azhar 2/41). UAE Lions: 191 all out in 34.1 overs (Saqib Azam 27, Saleem Raheem 54, Irfan Naseem 23, Qammar Hussain 45 not out, Irfan Sajid 17; Fahad Nawaz 5/51, Ahsan Ali Khan 2/20). Man of the match: Fahad Nawaz. Umpires: Iftikhar Ali and Sohail Shabbir.