United Bank Limited and UAE Kings posted contrasting victories on the third day of the 29th Ramadan Rathath MF Cup 2017, organised by the Sharjah Cricket Club.
At the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, led by a brilliant unbeaten century from Mohammad Boota, UBL defeated Allied Shipping by a massive 157 runs while UAE Kings got past RPL SCIDC Sharjah Cement by three wickets.
UBL posted a mammoth 250 for six in 20 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat first.
It was a steady start with Syed Maqsood (18, 11b, 1×4, 2×6) and Amjad Ali (22, 15b, 2×4, 1×6) shared a fruitful 38 runs in just three overs.
But once Mohammad Boota took over he took UBL to a total that ensured the team got a strong stranglehold of the match.
Mohammad Boota smashed 13 sixes and hit four boundaries during his entertaining 60-ball 134 not out. Saqlain Haider chipped in with a quick 14-ball 27 from three fours and a six as UBL reached a very competitive total.
For Allied Shipping, Murtaza Mogal claimed three wickets while Yousuf Quilon bagged two.
Chasing an imposing target, Allied Shipping buckled under pressure as the top order collapsed cheaply. At 24 for four it was an impossible chase for Allied Shipping as they could muster only 93 for nine in 20 overs. Murtaza Mogal was the top scorer with 24 not out.
For the winners, Umar Farooq, Mujahid Amin and Zaheer Maqsood all claimed two wickets each.
In the other match, chasing 144 to win UAE Kings Rashid Ali powered to a brilliant 51 from just 34 deliveries consisting of five boundaries and a six while Usman Mushtaq chipped in with a 31-ball 33 supported by a boundary as UAE Kings got past the target with five balls to spare.
Earlier batting first RPL SCIDC Sharjah Cement piled on 143 for six in 20 overs thanks to fine batting from Selvam Kumaran (29, 42b, 1×4, 1×6), Ganesh Arun (33, 26b, 2×4, 2×6) and Muhammad Israr (38, 23b, 1×4, 4×6).
The score would have been better but man of the match Gopa Kumar claimed three wickets in his four overs giving away just 17 runs.
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Brief scores: UAE Kings XI bt RPL SCIDC Sharjah Cement by three wickets. RPL, SCIDC Sharjah Cement: 143/6 in 20 overs (Selvam Kumaran 29, Ganesh Arun 33, Muhammad Israr 38; Gopa Kumar 3/17). UAE Kings XI: 144/7 in 19.1 overs (Shakeer Hydru 25, Rashid Ali 51, Usman Mushtaq 33; Mobin Mathew 4/31). Man of the match; Gopa Kumar.
United Bank Limited bt Allied Shipping by 157 runs. UBL: 250/6 in 20 overs (Amjad Ali 22, Mohammad Boota 134 not out, Saqlain Haider 27; Murtaza Mogal 3/43, Yousuf Quilon 2/45). Allied Shipping: 93/9 in 20 overs (Murtaza Mogal 24; Umar Farooq 2/20, Mujahid Amin 2/5). Man of the match: Mohammad Boota.