Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans have registered two consecutive victories in Kerala Premier League matches at the ICC Academy Grounds in Dubai.While Kannur defeated AGL Palakkad Harvestors by 17 runs in the first match, they scored a four-wicket victory over One Stop Tourism Kollam Kernels in the second game.DilharaLokuhettige emerged as the star in their victory over Palakkad while Sanjeewa led them to victory over Kollam.
In the 24th match in KPL, Kannur, who won the toss and batted first, scored 171 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs against Palakkad.Hafiz Kaleem was at his attacking best when he hammered seven fours and three sixes in his 43-ball 72, while Lokuhettige smashed four boundaries and one six in his 43 from 35 balls. Though the other Kannur batsmen failed to make a major contribution, both Kaleem and Lokuhettige ensured that the team had a good total on board.
Shadeep Silva bowled a good spell for Palakkad when he bagged four wickets for 35 runs from four overs, while Waseem, KosalaKulasekhara, Sunil Viswanath and Shijit took one wicket each.
Palakkad got off to a bad start when they lost opener Ashfaq Ahmed for a golden duck, but MalinthaPerera and Shijit added some useful runs.Lokuhettige, after a good batting performance, excelled in bowling as well when he picked up two wickets for 20 runs from his three overs, while Sultan Ahmed returned with excellent figures of three for 18 from four overs.
NaveedSalim, Masood CTK and Sanjeewa Dias picked up one wicket apiece as Palakkad could manage only 154 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs.Though Sunil Viswanath (27), Kulasekhara (20) and Gopa Kumar (21) chipped in with some useful runs, none of them went on to make a big score for Palakkad.
In the second match, Kannur lost the toss but they bowled out Kollam for 102 in 17.5 overs, thanks to a four-wicket haul from Sanjeewa Dias, who bagged four for 26 from his full quota of overs.Though Kollam openers Adil Mirza and Waqas Ahmed gave a good start by adding 33 runs for the first wicket, Dias changed the equation in favour of Kannur by taking some quick wickets.
Mashood CTK also bowled a good spell and took two wickets for 18 from his four overs while Lokuttige and Rizwan bagged one wicket each.
While chasing, Kannur were given an excellent start by opener Prasanth Braggs and Rizwan. They added 62 runs for the first wicket with Braggs scoring 44 off 31 balls with the help of one four and four sixes, while Rizwan chipped in with a 21-ball 17 with two hits to the fence.Though Kannur lost some quick wickets after the dismissal of their openers, AhshanShahzad remained not out on seven and Sulthan Ahmed on six and guided Kannur to victory in 17.4 overs.
Rehan Atta and Vishnu bagged two wickets each while AsifMumtaz picked up one wicket.
KPL, which offers a total prize money of Dh250,000, is being held under the collaboration of Dubai Cricket Council. The tournament is sponsored by the CSS Group.
Brief Score :
Match 24 :
Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans beat AGL Palakkad Harvestors by 17 runs
Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans 171 for 8 in 20 overs
(Hafiz Kaleem 72, DilharaLokuhettige 43, Shandeep Silva 4 for 35, Mohammed Waseem 1 for 19)
AGL Palakkad Harvestors 154 for 8 in 20 overs
(MalinthaPerera 26, ShijitChandran 21, Sunil Vishwanth 27, Sultan Ahmed 3 for 18, DilharaLokuhettige 2 for 20)
Man of the Match : DilharaLokuhettige of Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans
Match 26 :
Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans beat One Stop Tourism L.L.C Kollam Kernels by 4 wickets
One Stop Tourism L.L.C Kollam Kernels 102 for allout in 17.5 overs(Adil Mirza 23, Waqas Ahmed 22, MuhamedQasim 26, Mashood CTK 2 for 18, Sanjeewa Dais 4 for 26)
Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans 103 for 6 in 17.4 overs
(Prasanth Braggs 44, Rizwan C.P 17, Rehan Atta 2 for 23, Vishnu 2 for 12)
Man of the Match : Sanjeewa of Dunes Cuisine Kannur Verrans