August 20 matches
With just two rounds to play, Sunday’s matches in the Summer League were critical in determining final positions. The Avengers returned to the top of the table with a comfortable win over the Eagles, while the bottom place Tigers engineered a thrilling and unlikely win over the first-place Superkings.
The Eagles struggled initially with the bat, but Saeed Khan (37) and Raheel Zaman 37) took them into three figures. The innings finished in spectacular style, with four wickets in four consecutive legal balls- (the over went W wd W wd W W; two wickets went to Dhrumit and two run outs).
Praveen (19) and newcomer Matthew Sinclair (35) put on 65 for the first wicket, but both fell in the same over bowled by another debutant, Abdullah Khalid Butt. This brought in Rahul Vashisht who finished the game with a brutal 33 from 12 balls. The Avengers won by 8 wickets with 8.3 overs to spare.
Scorecard (A number of corrections are required in the Eagles innings; the Avenger’s bowling figures are incorrect- Dhrumit bowled the final over, so his figures are 2.4 0 24 3 18 wides; Praveen’s figures are 4-0-12-2 2 wides; Saravana’s figures should be 3-0-27-1; Deep’s figures should be 1-0-13-1; in addition Zohair was caught by Matthew Sinclair).
On paper the second match looked a mis-match with top of the table NSK taking on bottom of the table Tigers – who, due to absences and injury, could only muster 8 players. NSK made a rapid start, thanks to Sajawal Usto (22), and Amit Sundly (31). After 7 overs, NSK were 77/1 but they lost their last 9 wickets for only another 50 runs, bowled out in the 18th over. Ayaz Ghani took 4/19 and Shahriar Harun 3/24.
In reply captain Saad Jahangir made 24 and Nazrul Shikon a hard hitting 44 from 24 balls, but wickets kept falling. The 5th (of 7 wickets fell on 84, with 44 still needed. Shahriar Harun batted superbly for 35 not out, and partnered by Luftor Rahman took the Tigers to a last over one-wicket win with three balls to spare.
(note: correct score for Shahriar Haru is 35* from 41 balls, 1 four, 3 sixes; Rafi Mohammed made 0 from 4 balls)