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Danube Lions, Phoenix win Ramadan fixtures

July 8, 2014

Staff Report

Sharjah: A top drawer performance by Asif Ali ensured Danube Lions edged past Al Jabeen CC in Group C of the Aseel Islamic Finance 26th Sharjah Ramadan Cup 2014 Twenty20 cricket tournament. Phoenix Medicine posted a big 10-wicket win over Interface Transworld in the sixth Al Dhaid Ramadan tournament.

After Al Jabeen put on a fine 162 in 20 overs with Ali claiming two wickets, Danube Lions were powered by a 39-ball 70 from Ali as they overhauled the target in 19.3 overs.

Preferring to bat after winning the toss, Al Jabeen were led by a strong show from opener Yaqoob Masih who fired a 26-ball 53 supported by four boundaries and an equal number of sixes. He also shared a 61-run opening partnership with Ateque Mahmoud, who chipped in with a fine 23 from 28 balls including five fours. Yasir Khalim carried on the good work to blast a quick 30 from 21 deliveries containing two boundaries and sixes each.

Chasing the target, the Lions' top order failed to contribute much and they were soon reduced to 76 for four. Ali then hammered five sixes and three boundaries during his stay as Danube Lions over hauled the target with three balls to spare.

Needing 153 to win at the Al Dhaid Cricket Village, Phoenix Medicine openers went berserk as they smashed every bowler all around the park.

While Hafiz remained unbeaten on 73 from 42 balls (three fours and seven sixes), Qasim scored 67 not out from 39 deliveries peppered with eight boundaries and two sixes as Phoenix Medicine overhauled the target in only 13.3 overs.

Put into bat, Interface Transworld were led by a brilliant half century from opener Pradeep who hit a 46-ball 59 studded with seven boundaries and a six. Fawad (12), Jagrit (14) and Bilal (27) made useful contributions as Interface Transworld achieved 152 for seven in 20 overs.

For Phoenix Medicine, Asif and Shoaib claimed two wickets each.

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Source: Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)

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