Man of the match Mohammed Yasir produced a brilliant allround performance as Multiplex International secured an eight-wicket victory over UAE Lions in the 9th Al Dhaid Gold Cup Tournament 2016/17 at the Al Dhaid Cricket Village Grounds. The tournament is organized by Sharjah Cricket Council.
The victory meant Multiplex International entered the semifinals and will play Alubond Tigers.
After claiming three crucial wickets, Yasir fired an unbeaten half century to ensure Multiplex International reached the target in only 27 overs.
Put in to bat first, UAE Lions made a strong start with Muhammad Asghar Khan and Saqib Azeem added 67 runs for the first wicket before the former was out on 19 from 29 deliveries supported by a six.
Azeem and Saleem Rehman carried on the good work to milk 35 runs for the second wicket as UAE Lions looked in a fine position.
While Azeem faced 61 deliveries to achieve 46 including six boundaries, Rehman hit a 42-ball 44 laced with three boundaries and a six.
Sardar Behzad chipped in with a patient 25 from 50 balls with the help of a boundary.
But UAE Lions suddenly looked like losing grip over the match as Mohammed Yasir ran through the middle order to disturb the run flow.
Mohammed Ahmed made 11 not out as UAE Lions managed 183 in 38.3 overs.
Mohammed Yasir bowled eight overs to claim three wickets while giving away 35 runs. Qadeer Ahmad and Sadaqat Shah claimed two wickets each.
Chasing a relatively easier target, Multiplex International lost a wicket early but Balwinder Singh and Sapandeep Singh put the chase on track.
Balwinder Singh was at his aggressive best smashing a 31-ball 43 peppered with four boundaries and three sixes before departing.
Sapandeep carried on the innings and in the company of Mohammed Yasir shared an unbroken 122-run partnership to guide their team to victory in 26.5 overs.
Sapandeep was 70 not out in 58 balls containing five boundaries and two sixes and Mohammed Yasir scored 50 from 62 balls studded with three hits to the fence and a six.
Brief scores: Multiplex International bt UAE Lions CC by eight wickets. UAE Lions: 183 all out in 38.3 overs (Muhammad Asghar Khan 19, Saqib Azeem 46, Saleem Rehman 44, Sardar Behzad 25; Mohammed Yasir 3/35, Badeer Ahmad 2/41, Sadaqat Shah 2/29). Multiplex International: 184/2 in 26.5 overs (Balwinder Singh 43, Sapandeep Singh 70 not out, Mohammed Yasir 50 not out). Man of the match: Mohammed Yasir. Umpires: Sohail Shabbir and Hamid Mukhtar.