MUSCAT: Oman all-rounder Mehran Khan picked up 3 for 34 and then struck two sixes in the 19 th over to pave the way for Amerat Royals’ nail-biting 4-wicket win over Bousher Busters in a D20 Cricket League clash at Oman Cricket Turf 1 in Amerat on Monday.
Bousher’s 164 for 5 saw a superb 78 not out by opener Abdul Rauf and a hard- ]hitting 40 off 20 by former Oman star Adnan Ilyas but Mehran’s three wickets helped Amerat to restrict them to a modest total.
Amerat’s chase was constructed brick by brick, without any major individual score. Prathik Athavale (25), Vinayak Shukla (21) and Twinkle Bhandari (34) laid the foundation for a close finish before Rafi Ullah (18 off 9) and Mehran (14 not out off 8) saw them home with 4 balls to spare.
Brief Scores (D20): Bousher Busters 164 for 5 in 20 overs (Abdul Rauf 78 – 10x4, 2x6, Adnan Sulehri 40 – 5x4, 2x6, Mehran Khan 3-34) lost to Amerat Royals 166 for 6 in 19.2 overs (Twinkal Bhandari 34 – 4x4, 1x6, Pratik Athavale 25 – 4x4, 1x6, Bilal Muhammad 2-15) by 4 wickets.
Jitenkumar bowls Ruwi to victory
In another D20 League game on Monday night, outstanding seam bowling by Jitenkumar Ramanandi, who claimed three wickets for only seven runs in his four-over spell, helped Ruwi Rangers to a thrilling 15-run victory against Khuwair Warriors.
Ruwi failed to post a significant total on the board, getting bowled out for 123 in 18.1 overs due to brilliant bowling by Danish Mohammed who claimed 3 for 9 and Aqib Javed and Muzahir Raza who bagged two wickets each. Imran Ali (25) and Wasim Ali (25) were Ruwi’s main scorers.
Khuwair’s chase was derailed by Jitenkumar’s superb spell. Hassnain Ali bowled well too, taking 3 for 24 whereas Muhammed Nadeem claimed 2 for 25. Zeeshan Siddiqui topscored with a fluent 40 off 28.
Brief Scores (D20): Ruwi Rangers 123 all out in 18.1 overs (Imran Ali 25 – 1x4, 2x6, Wasim Ali 25 – 2x4, 2x6, Danish Mohammad 3-9, Aqib Javed 2-14, Muzahir Raza 2-22, Aamir Kaleem 2-24) beat Khuwair Warriors 108 all out in 18.4 overs (Zeeshan Siddiqui 40 – 5x4, 1x6, Jitenkumar Ramanandi 3-7, Hassnain Ali 3-24, Muhammed Nadeem 2-25) by 15 runs.
Parthipan stars in Al Wadd win
A magnificent unbeaten 85 off 58 by Parthipan Krishnan powered Al Waad Trading and Contracting to an exciting 4-wicket win over Nibrass Tech in a 20-over C Division League game at Muscat Municipality Ground 1 in Amerat on Friday.
Al Waad did well to restrict Nibrass to 157 for 8, Suseendran and Ratheesh taking three and two wickets respectively. Waqas Khalid was the main scorer with 37 off 29.
Thanks to Parthipan’s magnificent 85 and Aneesh Babu’s vital 30 down the order, Al Waad sealed a hard-fought win in 19.2 overs. Waqas Khalid and Syed Ali Naqi took two wickets each.
Brief Scores (C Division): Nibrass Tech 157 for 8 in 20 overs (Waqas Khalid 37 – 6x4, Suseendran Siraichezhian 3-24, Ratheesh Puliyakottu 2-21) lost to Al Waad Trad & Contracting Enterprises 159 for 6 in 19.2 overs (Parthipan Krishnan 85 – 9x4, 2x6, Aneesh Babu 30 – 3x4, Waqas Khalid 2-29, Syed Ali Naqi 2-30) by 4 wickets.
Sunder hero of Ideal’s victory
Biji Sunder’s excellent all-round display was the highlight of Ideal Technology’s 44-run victory against Mazoon Up in a D Division T20 League match at Muscat Municipality Ground 2.
Ideal was able to post a sizeable 191 for 7 on the board thanks to Vijesh Vijayakumaran’s 62 and Sunder’s 57. Nihad Mohammed claimed 3 for 26.
Mazoon struggled to keep pace with the rising net run rate and folded up for 147 in 18 overs, Faisal babu being its topscorer with 28. Sooraj Raj, Jeyakumar and Biji Sunder all bagged two wickets each.
Brief Scores (D Division): Ideal Technology 191 for 7 in 20 overs (Vijesh Vijayakumaran 62 – 5x4, 2x6, Biji Sundar 57 – 7x4, Nihad Mohammed 3-26, Rinshad Kattussery 2-27) beat Mazoon UP 147 all out in 18 overs (Faisal Babu 28 – 5x4, Sooraj A Raj 2-22, Jeyakumar Esakkiappan 2-28, Biji Sundar 2-34) by 44 runs.