The semi-finals are now set after three matches on February 4th. Going into the games all four teams from Group A had a chance to make the semi-finals.
The Avengers secured their position as Group A winners by beating Avalon by 18 runs. Rahul Vashisht got the Avengers off to a good start making 33 from 18 balls with Ali Malik making 12, and Ihtehsham Khan 14. The final total of 75/1 proved too much for Avalon, who reached 57/4 in their 8 overs. Arif made 32, and Ali Malik took 2 for 5 in two overs, earning him man of the match.
PSA needed to beat the Lions in order to set up a three way tie for third in the group, but were bowled out for 27. Rajitha Jayasinghe took 3 wickets for just 5 runs. The Lions knocked off the runs in 5.3 overs to secure 2nd place in Group A.
The final match was between NSK and Superstars- both had already qualified for the semi-finals so this was to decide 1st place. NSK, led by Rakesh Negi’s unbeaten 39, made 70 for 2. The Superstars struggled with the bat, managing only 26/3 from their 8 overs. Neelav Deewan bowled his three overs for just 8 runs, and Adeel Ilyas took 1/6 to go with his 14 runs.
Tomorrow’s semi-finals thus will have the Avengers playing the Superstars, and NSK playing the Lions, while PSA, Avalon CC, and the Royal Challengers battle for the Plate championship.
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