Globelink Weststar Pathanamthitta Rajas and Capital CMC Kochi Diwans have secured comfortable victories in Kerala Premier League matches at the ICC Academy grounds in Dubai.While Pathanamthitta clinched a 14-run victory over Kaddas – Twin Info Alleppey Ripples, Kochi defeated Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals by five wickets.
Laxman Sreekumar picked up four wickets for 22 runs and emerged as Pathanamthitta’s hero in their match against Alleppey, who were allout for 139 in 18.5 overs while chasing a victory target of 154.Earlier, UAE player Shaiman Butt smashed a half century and powered Pathanamthitta, who were sent into bat first, to 153 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. Butt hammered seven fours and three sixes in his 76 off 51 deliveries.
While opener Gnaneshwar Rao went without opening his account, his partner Chirag Suri made 17. Wickets kept falling at the other end, but Butt’s explosive batting helped Pathanamthitta reach a respectable total.Sreekumar chipped in with a 22-ball 15 with the help of one boundary, while the other batsmen failed to reach double figures. Habib Ghazi and Misbah Khan picked up two wickets each, while Ahmed Shaukath, Irfan Haji and Zakhir Malik took one wicket apiece.
Though opener Baber Malik smashed a 23-ball 41 with the help of four boundaries and three sixes, Alleppey kept losing wickets at regular intervals during their chase.Opener Mohsin Khan left without scoring, while Zakhir Malik (5) and Madan Mohan (7) fell cheaply as well. But Malik got a good company in Shehzad Malik, who hammered five fours and two sixes in his 42-ball 52. But once Mohsin and Shezad departed, Alleppey lost control and were all out in 18.5 overs. Renjith Mani gave good support to Sreekumar by picking up three wickets for 27 runs from his four overs, while Anurag Nishad, Hari Prasanth and Vilas Kutty took one wicket apiece.
Meanwhile, in the 25th match of KPL season three, Shiraz Ahmed picked up three wickets for 23 runs and led his team Kochi to a five-wicket victory over Trivandrum.
Trivandrum, who were sent into bat first, were bowled out for 105 in 19.2 overs, thanks to good bowling from Ahmed and team.Subin Sulaiman took two wickets, while Chandrasekhar, Nizel and Ramesh bagged one wicket each.Waheed Ahmed hit a 30-ball 26 with the help of two boundaries and one six to become the top scorer for Trivandrum while opener smashed a 16-ball 23 with four boundaries and one six.
While chasing Krishna remained not out on 28 from 30 balls and led his team to a victory in 17.3 overs. Shiraz Ahmed was unbeaten on seven off four deliveries.UAE player Khurram Khan scored a run-a-ball 21 for Kochi, while Nizel made 15.Mohammad Fazal picked up two wickets for 19 runs from three overs while Mohammad Tauqir and Saad Ul Khan took one wicket each.
Brief Score :
Match 23 :
Globelink Weststar Pathanamthitta Rajas beat Kaddas – Twin Info Alleppey Ripples by 14 runs
Globelink Weststar Pathanamthitta Rajas 153 for 9 in 20 overs
(Shiman Butt 76, Chirag Suri 16, Habib Gazi 2 for 46, Misbah Khan 2 for 19)
Kaddas – Twin Info Alleppey Ripples 139 for allout in 18.5 overs
(Baber Malik 41, Shehzad Malik 52, Laxman Shreekumar 4 for 22, Renjeeth Mani 3 for 27)
Man of the Match : Laxman Shreekumar of Globelink Weststar Pathanamthitta Rajas
Match 25 :
Capital CMC Kochi Diwans beat Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals by 5 wickets
Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals 105 for allout in 19.2 overs
(Waseem Rana 23, Waheed Ahmed 26, Shiraz Ahmed 3 for 23, Subin Sulaiman 2 for 11)
Capital CMC Kochi Diwans 106 for 5 in 17.3 overs
(Khurram Khan 21, Krishna Chandran 28 notout, Mohammad Fazal 2 for 19, Moahmmad Tauqir 1 for 14)
Man of the Match : Shiraz Ahmed of Capital CMC Kochi Diwans