Balwinder Singh and Zeeshan Khan cracked fine half centuries as Multiplex International eased past Sharjah Cricket Club to enter the semifinals of the One Stop Tourism 43rd Bukhatir Premier League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium organized by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
After turning lucky with the coin at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Multiplex International’s decision to bat first worked well as the opening pair of Balwinder Singh and Sapandeep Singh shared an impressive 73 runs for the first wicket.
Sapandeep Singh made a steady 38-ball 30 including four boundaries before departing.
Balwinder Singh smashed four boundaries and eight sixes as he powered to a superb 71-ball 80.
Saleem A Raheem made his stay in the middle accountable scoring a patient 46-ball 30 supported by three fours and a six.
A 50-run association between Akhlaq Butt (43, 48b, 3×4, 1×6) and Mohammad Yasir Ali (34, 41b, 2×4, 1×6) further strengthened Multiplex International innings.
But the arrival of Zeeshan Khan boosted their team’s score to ensure it crossed the 300-run mark.
Zeeshan Khan and Abdul Shakoor shared a brilliant unbeaten 74-run stand as Multiplex International achieved 330 for six in 50 overs.
While Zeeshan Khan smashed a 38-ball 61 not out peppered with three boundaries and five sixes while Abdul Shakoor hit an unbeaten 29 from 14 balls containing a boundary and two sixes.
Chasing a tough target, Sharjah Cricket Club suffered an early loss but the other opener Chirag Suri stayed firm.
He shared vital partnerships with Adnan Mufti (25, 28b, 3×4) and Vikrant Shetty (25, 38b, 2×4). But both Adnan Mufti and Vikrant Shetty succumbed after having made good starts.
Kashif Daud also began well with a 27 from 29-ball consisting of three boundaries but he too fell after spending quality time in the middle.
With wickets falling at the other end, Chirag Suri came under tremendous pressure and he too succumbed after a well-made 89 from 100 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries before Sharjah Cricket Club were all out for 227 in 40.4 overs.
Zeeshan Khan who claimed three wickets was declared man of the match while Ahmad Naseem took two.
The One Stop Tourism 43rd Bukhatir Premier League is sponsored by One Stop Tourism and Delhi Nihari, Cool and Cool and General Petroleum are the associate sponsors.
Brief scores: Multiplex International bt Sharjah Cricket Club by 103 runs. Multiplex International: 330/6 in 50 overs (Balwinder Singh 80, Sapandeep Singh 30, Saleem A Raheem 30, Akhlaq Butt 43, Mohammad Yasir Ali 34, Zeeshan Khan 61 not out, Abdul Shakoor 29 not out; Shaiman Anwar 2/76). Sharjah Cricket Club: 227 all out in 40.4 overs (Chirag Suri 89, Adnan Mufti 25, Vikrant Shetty 25, Kashif Daud 27; Zeeshan Khan 3/53, Ahmad Naseem 2/41). Man of the match: Zeeshan Khan.