August 5 matches
Going into the weekend the Eagles, Avengers and NSK were tied on points, each with three wins and two losses. NSK defeated the Eagles, and the Avengers the Tigers to share first place.
In the opening match, the Avengers won the toss and chose to bat. The Tigers had them on the back foot, though at 37/3, with Shaifan Ahmed capturing the wickets of Praveen Manhas (played on), and danger man Rahul Vashishta (caught at square leg from a mis-timed pull) after Abu Sayed has made the initial breakthrough, bowling Rahul Roy. a 75 run partnership between Daxj Mehta (23) and Gurman Khurana put the Avengers back on track, and helped by Shami Khan, Gurman’s unbeaten 90 (46 balls, 7 fours, 5 sixes) took the Avengers to 192/7 from their twenty overs. Anol Azad took three wickets.
In reply, Anol Azad batted very well for his 32, but the Tigers struggled to keep up with the high run rate against accurate bowling, making 117/6 from their 20 overs. Praveen Manhas led the bowlers with 3/13, and Rahul Vashisht bowled accurately, conceding 10 runs in 4 overs (the scorecard shows Rahul bowled 5 overs but over 18 was bowled by Saravana, whose figures should read 4-0-21-1).
Gurman was named man of the match.
The Eagles batted first in the second match, and a fierce opening spell from Sajawal Usto had them reeling at 13/4 in the 5th over. Sajawal took three of those wickets and Mukul Dhawan the other. Saeed Khan held the middle order together with an innings of 32, with contributions from Nadeem Saqlain (13) Najaf (13), and Waqas Ali (14). The Eagles totalled 103 from their 20 overs. Sajawal Usto took 3/18, and Talha Riaz 2/19. NSK chased down the total in just 13.5 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Sajawal Usto made a quick 20 at the top of the order, and Amit Sundly top scored with 29.
Sajawal Usto was named man of the match.
The Avengers lead the table on net run rate.