Multiplex defeated ECB Blues by four wickets in the 9th Al Dhaid Gold Cup Tournament 2016/17 at the Al Dhaid Cricket Village. The tournament is organized by Sharjah Cricket Council.
Asked to bat first, Laxman Srikumar (11, 16b, 1×4) and Fahad Nawa (23, 19b, 4×4) quickly added 33 runs in five overs before a collapse put ECB Blues in a difficult situation.
At 54 for six, ECB Blues were staring at a lowly total before Ateeq ur Rehman came up with a special knock to smash a 56-ball 62 consisting of seven boundaries and a six while Karthik Meyappan chipped in with an unbeaten 18 from 38 balls as ECB Blues posted 167 for nine in 40 overs.
For Multiplex, Raziq Khan scalped three wickets while Badeer and Zishan Khan bagged two each.
Chasing a relatively target, Multiplex lost a wicket early but Ali Zeeshan fired a 20-ball 27 including a boundary and three sixes to kickstart the chase.
Aklaq Butt played a brilliant innings as he scored 58 from 68 deliveries with the help of one boundary and three sixes before he was unlucky to be run out.
Sapandip Singh (15, 12b, 1×4, 1×6) and Mohammad Yasir (18, 40b) played brief cameos to further push the score to the target but a couple of quick wickets did put Multiplex in a state of bother.
But Raees Haider and Zishan Khan shared an unbroken 34-run partnership for the seventh wicket as Multiplex overhauled the target in 35.1 overs.
While Haider hit 21 not out from 34 balls supported two boundaries, Zishan Khan scored a 24-ball 17 containing a boundary.
Brief scores: Multiplex bt ECB Blues by 4 wickets. ECB Blues: 167/9 in 40 overs (Laxman Srikumar 11, Fahad Nawaz 23, Ateeq ur Rehman 62, Kartik Meyappan 18, Ihtisham Siddique 10; Raziq Khan 3/35, Badeer 2/26, Zishan Khan 2/7). Multiplex: 169/6 in 35.1 overs (Ali Zeeshan 27, Aklaq Butt 58, Sapandip Singh 15, Mohammad Yasir 18, Raees Haider 21 not out, Zishan Khan 17 not out). Man of the match: Zishan Khan.