Three half centuries were scored as Globelink WestStar powered past Fly Emirates by five wickets to seal a berth in the last four of the One Stop Tourism 43rd Bukhatir Premier League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium organized by the Sharjah Cricket Council.
Chasing an imposing 280 to win at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Globelink WestStar’s Renjith Mani fell scoring 16 from 20 balls including a boundary and a six.
But the other opener Puneeth Kumar and Jiju Janardhanan, who has had a wonderful tournament so far, came together to liven up the chase.
The duo carefully negated the bowlers as they milked an important 94 runs for the second wicket in around 15 overs.
Puneeth Kumar missed his half century by six runs when he was bowled by Adil Reyal for 44 from 55 balls supported by four boundaries and a six.
Jiju Janardhanan also perished hitting a fine 72-ball 68 peppered with seven fours and a six as Globelink WestStar suddenly looked to be in a state of bother at 150 for four still needing a good 130 runs to chase.
It was the association between Anfal PM and Vineeth Viswanathan that proved to be vital for Globelink WestStar as the duo put on a fantastic 119 runs for the fifth wicket to put their team inches away from victory.
Vineeth Viswanathan got out scoring 55 from 61 balls with the help of five hits to the fence and one over it while Anfal PM ensured he remained unbeaten till the end to score a 74-ball 63 including four boundaries as Globelink WestStar got past the target with still seven balls to spare.
Earlier batting first, Fly Emirates had a reasonably good start as opener Irfan Arif scored 48 from 65 balls containing a boundary and two sixes while Hari Prasanth (33, 27b, 3×4, 2×6) and Kirshna Chandran (36, 55b, 1×6) made decent contributions.
It was a superb knock from Adil Reyal who hit a 64-ball 63 consisting of six boundaries and three sixes that ensured Fly Emirates had a great total.
Bilal Cheema chipped in with 37 from 31 balls laced with three fours and a six as Fly Emirates posted 279 for nine in 50 overs.
For Globelink WestStar, Shanib MM claimed three wickets.
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: Globelink WestStar bt Fly Emirates by five wickets. Fly Emirates: 279/9 in 50 overs (Irfan Arif 48, Hari Prasanth 33, Shadeep Silva 20, Krishna Chandran 36, Adil Reyal 63, Bilal Cheema 37; Shanib MM 3/47). GLobelink WestStar: 284/5 in 48.5 overs (Puneeth Kumar 44, Jiju Janardhanan 68, Anfal PM 63 not out, Vineeth Viswanathan 55 not out; Adil Reyal 3/56). Man of the match: Anfal PM.