Muscat: Oman star Mohammed Naseem Khushi’s 13-ball 41 not out and pacer Kaleemullah’s superb 3 for 22 powered Ruwi Rangers to a 16-run victory against Amerat Royals decided by Duckworth/ Lewis system in a rain-hit D20 Cricket League game at Oman Cricket Turf 1 in Amerat on Friday.
The highlight of Ruwi’s 177 for 7 was Khushi’s incredible hitting at number seven, smashing 5 sixes and 2 fours to lift the team’s total.Khalid Kail and Gustav Burger were the other notable scorers, contributing 40 each.
Pick of Amerat bowlers
Bilal Khan was the pick of Amerat bowlers, taking 3 for 25 whereas Mehran Khan and Rafi Ullah bagged two wickets each. Amerat’s chase was hit by rain and the side was found to be 16 runs short of the required total in 7 overs when the game was stopped at 54 for 4. Kaleemullah’s three early blows kept Amerat in check, turning the game in Ruwi’s favour before it started pouring.
Brief Scores (D20): Ruwi Rangers 177 for 8 in 20 overs (Mohammed Naseem Khushi 41 - 2x4, 5x6, Khalid Kail 40 - 4x4, 2x6, Gustav Burger 40 - 4x4, 1x6, Bilal Khan 3-25, Mehran Khan 2-28, Rafi Ullah 2-41) beat Amerat Royals 54 for 4 in 7 overs (Vinayak Shukla 15 - 2x6, Kaleemullah 3-22) by 16 runs (D/L).
Ravinda helps Darsait to victory
In the day’s first D20 League game at the same venue, Sachin’s Kumar’s excellent all-round show and Ravinda K’ratne’s brilliant 61 not out off 38 helped Darsait Titans to a comfortable 6-wicket win over Ghubrah Giants.
Mohammed Imran Latif topscored with an unbeaten 53 off 36 as Ghubrah posted 130 for 5 on the board. Shehbaz Naser batted well too, scoring 39 off 31. Sachin was quite impressive with the ball, taking 3 for 16.
Darsait surpassed the total comfortably, scoring 133 for 4 in 14.2 overs thanks to top knocks by Ravinda and Sachin (26 off 20).
Brief Scores (D20): Ghubra Giants 130 for 5 in 16 overs (Mohammed Imran 53 - 1x4, 5x6, Shehbaz Naser 39 - 2x4, 3x6, Sachin Kumar 3-16) lost to Darsait Titans 133 for 4 in 14.2 overs (Ravindra K'ratne 61 - 10x4, 1x6, Sachin Kumar 26 – 3x4, 1x6) by 6 wickets.
Results of matches played
Brief Scores (D20): Darsait Titans 145 for 6 in 20 overs (Ravindra K'Ratne 48 - 2x4, 3x6, Khurram Khan 47 - 4x4, 3x6, Ganesh Chandrashekhar 2-31) beat Qurum Thunders 88 all out in 15.1 overs (Shoaib Khan 61 – 6x4, 3x6. Ahmed Fayyaz Butt 3-14, Amanpreet Singh 3-14) by 57 runs.
Brief Scores (D20): Azaiba XI 68 all out in 19.1 overs (Hammad Mirza 34 - 2x4, Adnan Ul Haq 2-18, Hemalkumar Tandel 2-20) lost to Amerat Royals 68 for 1 in 5.2 overs (Prathik Athavale 26 - 4x4, 1x6, Rafi Ullah 19 not out – 3x6) by 9 wickets (D/L).