Muscat: A superb unbeaten century by Zeeshan Maqsood and magnificent 6 for 29 by Mudassar Riaz powered Assarain to an emphatic 152-run victory against IT Works in a Premier Division game at Oman Cricket’s grassy ground 1 in Amerat on Friday.
Batting first, Assarain landed itself in a spot of bother, struggling at 64 for 4 in the first 15 overs before Zeeshan (100 off 106) started to turn the game back in its favour in his solid way.
A 96-run fifth-wicket partnership with Muhammed Nadeem (50 off 73) provided Assarain with the impetus it needed as it went on to score 276 for 7 in 50 overs. Nester Dhamba picked up 3 for 54 while Rana Naeem took 2 for 18. IT Works found a monster in Mudassar who ran through its batting with a six-wicket haul leading to its dismissal for only 124 in the 40th over.
Only Jibran Yousuf (36) and Hammad Mirza (35) made a notable score. Brief Scores (Premier Division): Assarain 276 for 7 in 50 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 100 – 9x4, 2x6, Muhammed Nadeem 50 – 5x4, Shakeel Ahmed 37 – 1x4, 4x6. Nester Dhamba 3-54, RanaNaeem 2-18) thrashed IT Works 124 all out in 39.4 overs (Jibran Yousaf 36 – 4x4, Hammad Mirza 35 – 3x4, Mudassar Riaz 6-29) by 152 runs.