Qasim Mohammad fired a fine half century as Sharjah Cricket Club began their campaign with a bang registering a comfortable four-wicket victory over Singh Diesel in the opening match of Pool B in the Sharjah Summer Cup 2017 organized by Sharjah Cricket Club.

Put in to bat first at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Singh Diesel made a strong start with opener Waseem Bari cracking a superb 26-ball 38 supported by three boundaries and as many sixes.

Naseeb Khan chipped in with 20 while Asfand Yaar scored 15 to further consolidate the innings. Nadir Hussain hit a 21-ball 18 while Zeeshan Akmal scored 14 from just five deliveries consisting of two sixes as Singh Diesel posted 140 for seven in 20 overs.

For Sharjah Cricket Club, Asif Mumtaz and Shaiman Anwar both claimed two wickets each.

Chasing a reasonably easier target, Sharjah Cricket Club got off to a rousing start with openers Qasim Mohammad and Chirag Suri posting 39 runs in just over four overs.

Chirag Suri succumbed after smashing a 15-ball 28 supported by two boundaries and an equivalent sixes.

Qasim Mohammad carried on his form to smash a 45-ball 50 with the help of three four and a six to take Sharjah Cricket Club close to the target.

Kashif Dawood scored an unbeaten 13-ball 19 studded with a four and two sixes as Sharjah Cricket Club overhauled the target in the penultimate over.  

A total of 16 teams are participating in the tournament. The teams are divided into four groups each with four teams in each group.

Brief scores: Sharjah Cricket Club bt Singh Diesel by 4 wickets. Singh Diesel: 140/7 in 20 overs (Waseem Bari 38, Naseeb Khan 20, Asfand Yaar 15, Nadir Hussain 18; Asif Mumtaz 2/46, Shaiman Anwar 2/12). Sharjah CC: 147/6 in 18.3 overs (Qasim Mohammad 50, Chirag Suri 28, Kashif Dawood 19 not out; Burhan Naseem 2/25).