August 12 matches
The weekend’s matches were played in perfect weather, sunshine, temperature in the mid 20s, and a light breeze. The opening match saw the Tigers earn their second win of the season, defeating the Eagles by 8 wickets with 4.3 overs to spare. A good all round performance in the field restricted the Eagles to 132, Nadeem Saqlain top-scoring with 19, and a number of bats getting to double figures without building a significant innings. Ayaz Ghani led the bowling with 3/17. The Tigers knocked off the runs with ease, Abu Sayed making 48*, Anol Azad 33, and Nazrul Shikon 28.
Scorecard (note that Lincon Hameed bowled the overs attributed to Luftor Rahman, and that Shaifan bowled the final over, not Hummam; correct bowling figures are Shaifan 4-0-23-1, Hummam 2-0-21-1)
The second match was a top of the table battle between the Avengers and the Newfoundland Super Kings. This proved to be perhaps the best match of the summer to date, hilighted by two outstanding innings. The Avengers batted first after winning the toss, and lost their first wicket on 10. Rahul Vashisht was coming into the match on a poor run of scores but was in top form, smashing a 60 ball century with eleven fours, many of them from powerful straight drives, and four sixes. He and Daxj Mehta (15) put on 63 before Rakesh Negi dismissed Mehta, Gurman Khurana and Kulveer Singh in the 9th over. Shami Khan (34) proved an able partner for Rahul, and they put on 110 before Shami was very well caught at deep mid off by Talha Riaz from a hit that went very high indeed. Rahul fell in the 19th over, but the Avengers’ total of 202/9 set NSK a difficult target.
The Avengers put NSK into trouble right away, Praveen Manhas striking in the first over, and Dhrumit Bhat in the second – 9/2. Sajawal Usto had opened the innings, and went onto the attack, taking 24 from the fourth over (444624). He and Rakesh Negi (33) put on 149 for the third wicket. Rakesh was caught behind, and two further wickets had the game in the balance. NSK needed 20 from the last three overs, and took 9 off the 18th but an outstanding 19th over from Dhrumit, conceding just three runs, left 7 to win from the last. Sajawal capped a quite brilliant innings by hitting the first two balls for 4 and 6 for the win. He made 135 not out from 66 balls, 12 fours and nine sixes. He showed a wide range of strokes, in particular driving well on the offside, and was an obvious choice for man of the match.
The win puts NSK clear at the top of the table with five wins, followed by Avengers with four, Eagles with three and Tigers with 2.
NSK-Avengers video- final overs missing due to battery running out.