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Palakkad new KPL champions

Dubai -- Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors are the new champions of KPL Dubai as they beat Yogi Group Thrissur Dynamites by six wickets in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Renjith Mani picked up four crucial wickets and starred for Palakkad, who achieved the victory with 29 balls to spare.

Thrissur, who had an unbeaten record in the tournament till the final, won the toss and batted first, but the batting failure hurt their cause in the final.

Palakkad won the prize-money of Dh100,000, while Thrissur received Dh50,000.

The Twenty20 tournament, participated by 12 teams, was held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council.

Renjit bowled a super spell of four overs and took four crucial wickets for just 16 runs. He received excellent support from Kaushalya Weerarathne, Manjula Asanka and Chandrasekhar who took two wickets each as last season’s semi-finalists Thrissur were bowled out for a meager 88 in 18.2 overs.

Thrissur however had a good start with openers Salman Fares and Shaiman Anwar playing Palakkad’s Sri Lankan international bowlers Manjula Asanka and Kaushalya Weeraratne confidently.

The introduction of Renjith however turned the match on its head as the medium-pacer picked a wicket with his third ball and sent back Anwar for eight, making it 24 for one.

Asanka gave the next breakthrough, clean bowling Fares and Palakkad took full control of the game.

Swapnil Patil, who played a match-winning knock in the semi-final, was subdued this time as Chandrasekhar dismissed him for 13.

Aniket Desai too departed early, giving wicket to Renjith.

After ten overs Thrissur were reeling at 51 for five.

Thrissur gave a real scare to Palakkad in the opening over as Shahzad Manna took the wicket of opener Iqbal Islam in the fourth ball of the innings.

Mohammad Bilal hit Amonkar for three fours in the second over and eased the pressure

The other opener Malintha Perera played a cool innings as the duo helped the team reach the score of 40 in just 5.3 overs.

Bilal made a useful 28 before falling to Farris. Weeraratne departed soon after making three.

Palakkad reached 50 for three at the end of 10 overs. Captain Krishna Chandran and Perera, who scored a 24-ball 26, added some useful runs and ensured that Palakkad reached the target comfortably.

Perera fell towards the end, but the skipper in the company of the man-of-the-match Renjith guided the team to a convincing victory.

Winners

Winner: Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors (Dh 100,000)
Runner-up: Yogi Group Thrissur Dynamites (Dh 50,000)
Man of the match sponsored by Danube (32nos): Dh16,000
Man of the final: Ranjith Mani (Dh1000)
Best all-rounder/Man of the tournament: Kaushalya Weeraratne of Palakkad (210 runs and seven wickets) (Dh2500)
Best bowler: Fayyaz Ahmed of Space-CSS Alleppey Ripples (14 wickets; best 5 for 14) (Dh1500)
Best batsman: Swapnil Patil of Thrissur (243 runs) (Dh1500)
Best wicketkeeper: Abdul Shakoor of Alleppey (9 dismissals from 9 matches) (Dh1500)
Best fielder: Jeevan of CMC Kochi Diwans (Dh1500)
Catch of the tournament: Adel Reyal of Calicut Zamorins supported by du (Dh1000)
Maximum sixes in the tournament: Hafiz Kaleem of Phoenix Kollam (18 sixes) (Dh2000)
Maximum sixes in a match: Faizan Asif of Global Distribution Malappuram Knights (10 sixes) (Dh500)
Most entertaining player: Hafiz Kaleem of Kollam (18 sixes, 13 fours) (Dh2000)
Promising youngster: Aqib Ilyas of Globelink Weststar Pathanamthitta Rajas (Dh2000)
Maximum boundaries in the tournament: Abdul Shakoor of Alleppey (26 fours) (Dh1500)
Maximum boundaries in a match: Abdul Shakoor of Alleppey (14 fours) (Dh500)

Thrissur face Palakkad in KPL final

Dubai -- Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group will face Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors in the KPL Dubai season two final at the Dubai Sports City (DSC) International Cricket stadium on Sunday.

In the semi-finals held on Friday at the DSC, Thrissur defeated Space-CSS Alleppey Ripples, while Palakkad beat Capital (CMC) Kochi Diwans by 35 runs.

The winner of the Twenty20 tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, will receive a prize money of Dh100,000.

Swapnil Patil's unbeaten half-century powered Thrissur, who are yet to lose a match in the entire tournament, to a victory, while opener Mohammed Iqbal starred in new team Palakkad's convincing win over Kochi.

Thrissur started on a disastrous note, losing both their openers cheaply. While Salman Faris went back after making a 10-ball 15, Shaiman Butt fell for two. But Patil played a match-winning knock, launching a good counterattack against the Alleppey bowlers. He smashed three fours and two sixes on his way to an unbeaten knock of 62 from 49 balls.

Aniket Desai and Shadab Khan gave him good support. Desai added 16 runs, while Khan hit two fours and one six in his 22-ball 29.

Fayyaz Ahmed was brilliant, operating a good spell and picked up three wickets for 15 runs from his four overs. Kamran bagged two for 30 from four, while Aneesh took one.

Fayyaz Ahmed was brilliant, operating a good spell and picked up three wickets for 15 runs from his four overs. Kamran bagged two for 30 from four, while Aneesh took one.

When Thrissur were restricted to 142 for seven in 20 overs, Alleppy had hopes of entering the finals, but a superb bowling performance from the Yogi Group team turned the match in their favour.

Thrussur bowlers gave a dream start to their team by taking four quick wickets. Opener Abdul Shakoor (0), Sri Lankan international Dilhara Lokuhettige (6), Aneesh (1) Baber Malik (6) and Nigil (0) fell cheaply.

But the Chirag Suri-Irfan Hajee partnership gave Alleeppy hopes of an upset victory, but their dismissals helped Thrissur secure a crucial win.

Suri played a patient knock of 38 from 44 balls with two fours, while Hajee was a bit aggressive, making a 37-ball 44 with three fours and one six.

Later Pervaiz Nazir made a seven-ball 11, but Yogi clinched the thriller by four runs.

Perfect Palakkad enter final

Meanwhile Palakkad cruised to an easy win over Kochi in the other semi-final. The Palakkad top-order batsmen clicked and helped their team post a competitive total of 163 for 4 after batting first.

Opener Iqbal gave a breezy start to Palakkad as he smashed seven fours in his 40 from 29 balls. Malinth Perera too played an impressive knock, making 32 off 29 with four hits to the fence.

Later Mohammed Bilal hammered an unbeaten 47 from 26 balls, including two sixes and four boundaries.

Kaushlya Weeratne gave him good support by scoring 29.

Prasant Chandran was the pick of Kochi bowlers by returning with figures of 3-23 from his four overs.

While chasing Kochi lost three quick wickets and they never recovered form that jolt earlier in the innings.

Prasant Chandran (5), Vineet (0) and Jiju Janardhanan (4) fell cheaply, giving Palakkad a dream start.

Later Thalaivan and Arun Alex tried to rescue the innings, but the increasing run-rate posed them a big challenge. Thalivan made a run-a-ball 36, while Alex scored a 37-ball 26.

Nathan meanwhile smashed four huge sixes and two fours and delighted Kochi supporters with a rapid-fire 39 from just 15 balls, but his dismissal turned the match decisively in Palakkad's favour.

Kochi eventually finished at 128 for nine in their 20 overs, well short of the Palakkad target.

Majula Asanka was the pick of Palakkad bowlers as he took two for 15 from his four overs, while Weeraratne finished with figures of two for 20 from his three.

Renjith Mani, Chandrasekara, Ajith, Pravin Achuthan and Kulith Rab bagged one wicket each.

Big wins for Alleppey, Thrissur

Dubai -- Space-CSS Alleppey Ripples secured a big win in their last league match and qualified in style for the semi-finals of KPL Season Two by thrashing last season's winners Dunes Cusine Kannur Veerans by 69 runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds on Thursday night.

The authentic victory helped Alleppey clinch the semi-final spot along with Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors from Group A. Although new team Phoenix Medicine-Kollam Kernals too had eight points from their five matches, they lost out on the net run-rate.

Meanwhile Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group and Capital Kochi Diwans also clinched the semi-final berths from Group B.

The semi-finals of the Twenty20 tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, were scheduled to be held at the Dubai Sports City International Cricket ground on Friday night.

Irfan Hajee smashed a rapid-fire 86 from just 37 balls and powered Alleppey to 206 for seven in 20 overs after batting first on a good strip.

He hit five fours and sixes each in his entertaining knock, which helped improve the run-rate of his team.

Shakkor made a 34-ball 41 with three fours and sixes each, while Sri Lankan international Lokuhettige hit a 15-ball 22.

Anish scored 32 from 21 ball, while Pervez Nazir chipped in with a 10-ball 20. However, it was Hajee's powerful hitting that turned the match decisively in Alleppey's favour.

Abhisek and Arshad Ali picked up two wickets each, while Mashood CTK bowled an economical spell of 0-20 from his four overs.

Mohsin Khan and Ahmed Raza too bagged one wicket each.

The defending champions had a poor start when UAE player Arshad Ali went back for a first-ball duck, while Baktiyar Palekar smashed a 19-ball 38 with three sixes and two fours.

Though Zamin Jaleel (27) and Nashwan Nasir (22) gave good resistance, the Kannur batsmen succumbed while facing the mammoth score.

Fayyaz Ahmed operated a good spell, picking up three for 24 from his four overs. Kamran bagged two, while Lokuhettige took one as Kannur were bowled out for 137 in 18.1 overs.

Sound victory for Thrissur

Meanwhile Thrissur continued their impressive record in the tournament by crushing DCB Kings XI-Trivandrum Royals by eight wickets.

Chasing 171 for victory, the Yogi Group team reached the target with 11 balls to spare.

Opener Shaiman Butt hammered 74 from 48 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes and ensured an easy victory for Thrissur.

Swapnil Patil remained not out on 44 off 35 balls, while Aniket Desai was unbeaten on 13.

Earlier, useful partnerships from Sasikant and Abdul Rehman helped Trivandrum post a good total of 170 for 4 in their 20 overs. Sasikant made 43 off 34 balls, while Rehman smashed a 24-ball 42 with three sixes and one boundary.

Alleppey, Wayanand emerge winners

Dubai -- Space-CSS Alleppey Ripples ended the unbeaten run of Phoenix Medicine Kollam Kernals by handing them a 30-run defeat in a KPL Season Two match at the ICC Global Cricket Academy ground on Monday.

In another match, last year's runners-up Trotters Independent Traders Wayanand Highlanders scored an emphatic 36-run victory over Globalink WestStar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas.

The final of the 12-team Twenty20 tournament, being conducted under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, will be held at the Dubai Sports City cricket stadium on Sunday.

Half-centuries from Dilhara Lokuhettige, Baber Malik and Irfan Haji helped Alleppey post a huge total of 193 for 4 in 20 overs.

Alleppey lost their opener Abdul Sakoor cheaply, but his partner and Sri Lankan international Lokuhettige scored a 35-ball 52 with six fours and two sixes and guided his team to safety.

Later Irfan Haji and Baber Malik took the game away from Kollam with some powerful hitting.

Haji smashed four boundaries and six fours in his unbeaten 60 from 21 balls, while Malik remained not out on 54 from 30 deliveries. His knock contained five hits to the fence and a six.

Asif Mumtaz picked up two wickets for 38 from his four overs, while Hafiz Kaleem and Mohammad Kasim bagged one each.

Kollam lost their opener Zeeshan Jameel quite earlier, but the Mohammed Qasim-Hafiz Kaleem duo gave hopes with their sensible batting.

Qasim made a 29-ball 38 with the help of six fours, while Kaleem hit one four and four sixes in his 31 off 15 balls.

However, their dismissals proved fatal for the team as they lost some quick wickets. Later Saqlain Haider hammered a 19-ball 34 with two sixes and two fours, but wasn't enough to overhaul Alleppey's big total.

Fayyaz Ahmed had an excellent game, picking up five wickets for 15 from four overs, and helped restrict Kollam to 163 for 9 in 20 overs.

Shenwari shines for Wayanad

In the other match, Samiullah Shenwari smashed a rapid-fire 53 from just 15 balls and powered Wayanad to a sterling victory.

With the entire top-order batsmen chipping in with useful runs, Wayanad scored 200 for six in their 20 overs.

Opener Mohammed Shahzad hammered a 20-ball 40 with eight fours, while Neeraj Ramamoorthy scored an eight ball 13, including three boundaries.

Raziq Khan (19), Rifatullah (28) and Rizwan Amanat (24) contributed well for the team cause and Shenwari's unbeaten half-century took the game away from Pathanamthitta.

Zaheer picked up two for 38 from four overs, while Aqib returned with figures of 2-19 from his two overs.

Pathanamthitta began well in their chase as openers Aqib and Hemin Desai played attacking knocks. Desai fell after making a 10-ball 19, while Aqib scored a half-century.

He smashed six fours and three sixes in his 61-ball 79.

However the middle-order batsmen failed as Pathanamthitta managed 164 for 8 in 20 overs.

Ramesh Chinan picked up three wickets for 26 from his four overs, while Shenwari was impressive in his bowling as well, taking 2-34 from four.

In the final league matches on Thursday, Alleppey Ripples will take on Dunes Clusine-Kannur Veerans while DCB KINGS X1-Trivandrum Royals will face Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group at the ICC Global Cricket Grounds.

The two semi-finals will be held at the Dubai Sports City stadium on Friday.

Palakkad clinch a thriller

Dubai -- Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors continued their impressive run in KPL Dubai season two with a thrilling one-wicket victory over Thumbai Kasargod Leopards at the ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds on Sunday night.

In a match that swung both ways, Palakkad prevailed eventually as the Chandrasekhar-Kulith duo helped them clinch a last-ball victory.

Syed Maqsood hammered an unbeaten half-century and powered Kasargod to 149 for three in 20 overs.

Kasargod, who batted first, suffered two early setbacks when both their openers Indika Sampath (11) and Amjad Ali (8) fell early.

But the Maqsood-Ali Asad pair put on a good partnership and brought back Kasargod into the match.

However the team failed to increase the run-rate substantially, considering that they had lost only three wickets.

Palakkad bowlers on the other hand operated a good line-and-length and restricted big scoring opportunities for the opposition.

Kausalya Weeraratne was impressive, picking up two wickets for 30 runs from his quota of four overs.

Sandeep Singh bowled an economic spell, giving away only 10 runs while bagging one wicket form three overs.

Palakkad got off to a rollicking start with both their openers hitting some powerful shots all over the park.

Mohammed Iqbal smashed four boundaries and one six in his 10-ball 24, while Malintha Perera hit 20 off 12 deliveries with three hits to the fence.

Mohammed Bilal chipped in with an eight-ball 15, while Krisha Chandran failed to open his account.

Though Palakkad lost few quick wickets after a good start, Kausalya Weeraratne and Chandrasekhar played sensibly and helped guide the team to victory. Weeraratne fell after making 26 off 18 balls with two fours and one six, but Chandrasekhar remained not out and played a crucial part in Palakkad's victory.

With Renjith Mani (4) and Sandeep Singh (4) too falling, Kasargod sensed a big chance for victory, but the last man Kulith hit a crucial four in his seven-ball five and gave good support to Chandrasekar.

Aditya Mavure picked up three wickets for 20 from three overs, while Maqsood bagged one for 31 from four.

Al Afzal was impressive as he finished with figures of 2-12 from four overs.

The Twenty20 tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, offers a prize money of Dh100,000 for the winner. The final will be held at the Dubai Sports City on December 2.

Thrissur maintain unbeaten record

Dubai -- Space-CSS Alleppey Ripples and Global Distribution Malappuram Knights registered significant victories in the KPL Dubai season two matches at the ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds on Saturday night.

The Twenty20 tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, offers a prize money of Dh100,000 for the winner. The final will be held at the Dubai Sports City on December 2.

While Alleppey thrashed Thumbay Kasargod Leopards by six wickets, Malappuram stunned last season's runners-up Trotters Independent Traders-Wayanand Highlanders by 42 runs.

Faizan Asif smashed a rapid-fire 84 from just 33 balls and powered Malappuram to 185 for 6 in 20 overs. Though the Global Distribution team lost opener Kasim Butt and middle-order batsmen Anderi quite earlier, the Faizan-Asif Iqbal duo made a superb counterattack and lifted their team's morale with some powerful hitting all around the park.

Iqbal made a 36-ball 41 with four boundaries and two sixes. Asif was the dominant partner though as he smashed 10 towering sixes and three fours in his sterling innings.

Later Aamir Butt gave good support by collecting an useful 25 off 21 balls with two hits to the fence.

Shahzad hit one four and a six in his four-ball 11 and ensured that Malappuram had a mammoth score on the board.

Raziq Khan finished with impressive figures of 13 for 1 from his four overs, while the rest of the bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the Malappuram batsmen.

Gopakumar, Samiullah Shenwari and Mohammed Azam picked up one wicket each, while Ramesh Chinnan's two overs went for 40 runs.

Wayanad replied in a positive fashion, with opener Mohammad Shahzad scoring a breezy 47 off 32 balls with four boundaries and one six.

Mohammad Azam left early after making a 10 ball 11, but Rizwan Amant stayed for a while scoring 23 off 22.

However the rest of the batsmen caved in and the Malappuram bowlers controlled the proceedings with tight spells.

Wayanad's challenge ended in 19.2 overs and they were bowled out for 143, giving a superb victory to Malappuram.

Shafaqat was the star bowler, taking four for 22 from his quota of four overs.

Shahzad picked up two for 26 from his four overs, while Pervez added two wickets for 16.

Significant win for Alleppey

In the other match, Alleppey cruised to a six-wicket victory over Kasargod, who made 132 for four in 20 overs after batting first.

After losing opener Amjad Ali quite earlier, Shivanak Kumar and Syed Maqsood shared a good partnership and gave Kasargod hopes for a good total. Maqsood made a 58-ball 63 with seven hits to the fence, while Kumar gave good company by chipping in with 25.

Asim Ijaz remained not out on 32 off 22 balls with the help of one four and a six.

Alleppey bowlers ensured that they had control over the game by operating a good line and length.

Dilhara, Pervez, Irfan Hajee and Fayyaz Ahmed picked up one wicket each.

Shakoor was Alleppey's star with a delightful 82 off 44 balls. The opener smashed 14 fours and one six in his entertaining knock that was cheered by the weekend crowd.

Faiyaz and Dilhara left early, but Rowmash played a responsible knock and ensured Shakoor had enough support at the other end. He remained not out on 24 off 33 balls with two fours.

Alleppey eventually reached the target in 16.4 overs and scored one of the most emphatic wins in the tournament.

Thrissur maintain unbeaten record

Dubai -- Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group maintained their unbeaten record in KPL Dubai season two by edging past last season's runners-up Trotters Independent Traders-Wayanand Highlanders by two runs in a thriller at the ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds on Friday night. Concord Ventures-Palakkad Harvestors stunned defending champions Dunes Cusine Kannur Veerans by 25 runs in another match on the same day. New team Capital (CMC) Kochi Dewans also boosted their semi-final chances with a comfortable 22-run victory over DCB Kings XI Trivandrum Royals. Global Distribution Malappuram Knights meanwhile clinched a 15-run win over new team Globelink Weststar Pathanamthitta Rajas in a high-scoring match.

Thrissur clinch a thriller

Thrissur were restricted to 140 for seven in 20 overs by Wayanad bowlers, with Ramesh Chinnan picking up three wickets in his four-over spell.

Swapnil Patil played a clean knock of 44 and helped the Yogi team reach a competitive total. He hit three fours and one six in his 40-ball innings, while Shadab Khan (22) and Shaiman Butt (18) chipped in with useful contributions.

Though Wayanad were jolted pretty early in their chase by losing opener Rizwan Amanat for a duck, the Mohammed Shahzad-Risatullah duo gave hope for the team. Shahzad made a 32-ball 30, while Risatullah contributed 27. However after their dismissals, Sajjad (15) and Mohammed Nabi (1) too went back in quick succession, leaving Wayanad in disarray.

Samiullah tried to lift the team spirits by smashing an unbeaten 34 off 23 balls with the help of three fours and one six, he ran out of partners as Wayanad finished with 138 for seven in their 20 overs.

Salman Farees turned the match in Thrissur's favour by picking up three wickets for 28 from his four overs. Amba gave good support by bagging two for 19 from his quota of four overs. Shazad Manna took one wicket while giving away 33 runs from his four.

Thrissur maintain unbeaten record

Palakkad gave yet another dazzling display in the tournament by beating favourites Kannur by 25 runs. It was a professional performance from Palakkad as their game plan worked out to perfection in the match. Batting first, they made a good total of 163 for seven in 20 overs, thanks to good contributions from their top order batsmen.

Mohammad Iqbal and Malintha Perera gave a sound opening to the team with a useful partnership. Iqbal smashed two sixes and three fours in his 19-ball 30, while Perera scored 26. Bilal Mohammed scored 32 from 21 balls, while Kaushlya Weeraratne chipped in with 30 off 27 balls. Kannur bagged some quick wickets later in the innings and curtailed Palakkad's ambitions to score a total in excess of 180. CTK Mashood and Mohsin Khan bagged two wickets each, while Amjad Javed and Abhisekh picked up one apiece.

Bakthiyar Palekar gave a good start to Kannur with a 17-ball 24, including two fours and one six, but he lost his partner Arshad Ali cheaply quite earlier in the innings.

Saqib Ali too departed quickly after making a sedate 12 off 21 balls, while Amjad Javed made a 29-ball 36. He got good support from Mashood, who chipped in with 23 off 20 balls. Later Devendra Taneja smashed an 11-ball 20, but the rest of the batsmen succumbed under pressure. Chandrasekhar, Renjith Mani and Krishna Chandran picked up two wickets each, while Weeraratne and Ajith Somasekhar bagged one each.

Magnificent win for Malappuram

Kasim Butt smashed a 63-ball 96 and powered Malappuram to a magnificent victory over Pathanamthitta in another match on Friday. Butt smashed eight fours and five towering sixes in his entertaining knock, but fell short by four runs from a deserving century.

His decisive partnership with Aamir Butt changed the script in Malappuram's favour. Aamir gave good support to Kasim by scoring 28 off 24 balls. Later Andrei lifted the run-rate by hitting one six and one four in his timely 20 off 11 deliveries. Hemin Desai and Mohammed Ajmal picked up one wicket each, while the rest of the bowlers proved expensive. Despite facing a huge total, Pathanamthitta gave a good fight through their openers. Hemid smashed three sixes in his 10-ball 22, while his partner made 25. Vilas left early but Sujith contributed 23. Later Laxman (22) and Nayeemullah (21) chipped in with useful contributions but it wasn't enough to overhaul Malappuram's huge total. Though several batsmen got good starts, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and it hurt their cause eventually.

Kochi cruise to victory

Kochi were impressive again in the tournament by beating Trivandrum convincingly in the match on Friday. Jiju Janardhana smashed a half-century, while their top-order batsmen too contributed for Kochi's victory. Openers Prasant Chandra (23) and Vineet (24) gave a good start to Kochi and Jiju captilaised on it by scoring a 34-ball 53. He smashed four boundaries and three sixes in his entertaining knock. Arun Alex (16) and Nathan S (15) too were impressive in their innings.

Among the bowlers Rohit Beha brought back Trivandrum into the match with three quick wickets for six runs from his magical spell of two overs. Qadeer took two, while Zayed Shah and Nelson Pinto picked up one each. Kochi made 152 for nine in their 20 overs.

Trivandrum lost opener Ashraf quite early in the innings, but the Shashikant-Rehman Qadeer duo gave hopes to the team. Shashikant made an 18-ball 20, while Qadeer remained the top scorer with 36.

Rahul Chatwani later chipped in with an 18-ball 26, but the rest of the batsmen failed to impress against the accurate Kochi bowlers.

Jeevan and Fahad Khan picked up two wickets each, while Riyas, Prasant Chandra and Alex bagged one apiece.

Alex stars in Kochi victory

Dubai -- New team Capital Kochi Diwans (CMS) continued their impressive performance in the KPL Dubai tournament by registering a comprehensive 81-run victory over Global Distribution-Malappuram Knights at the ICC Global Cricket Academy ground on Sunday night.

The 12-team Twenty20 tournament is being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council. Arun Alex starred for Kochi with an impressive all-round performance.

After scoring 34 off 33 balls, Alex returned with figures of two for 4 from his 1.3 overs.
Batting first, Kochi made 157 for eight from 20 overs as all their batsmen chipped in with useful contributions.

Prashant Chandran (13) and Taufeeq (14) gave a reasonable start and the Alex-Jiju Janardan duo boosted the innings with a good partnership.

Jiju played an aggressive knock of 29 from just 12 balls as he smashed four delightful boundaries.

Later Dhalaiban contributed 29 off 21, with the help of three sixes and two fours.

Parvez Ahmed was impressive, picking up four wickets for 28 from his four overs. Mohammed Amjad bagged one wicket for 22 from four.

Malappuram got off to a disastrous start as they lost their top order cheaply.

Opener Atif Iqbal fell for three, while Yousuf Bhat and Amir Bhat returned without troubling the scorers.

The Faizan-Andra partnership tried to rescue the innings a bit, but Malappuram caved in after their dismissals.

Faizan made a 9-ball 22 with the help of three sixes and one four, while Andra added 18.

Amjad chipped in with 11, but the rest of the batsmen fell cheaply as Malappuram were bowled out for 76 in 14.3 overs.

Phoneix Medicine-kollam Kernals are leading the Group A table, having won all their four matches. Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors and Dunes Cuisine-Kannur Veerans have won two matches each. Thumbay Kasargod Leopadrs and Space-CSS Alleppy Ripples have two points each.

Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group are leading Group B after winning all the three matches they have played so far in the tournament. Kochi are placed second with two wins from three matches. Trotters Independent Traders-Wayanad Highlanders, Globalink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas and DCB Kings XI Trivandrum Royals have two points each.

Amanat century powers Wayanad

Dubai -- Opener Rizwan Amanat smashed a superb century and powered Trotters Independent Traders-Wayanad Highlanders to an emphatic 135-run victory over DCB Kings XI Trivandrum Royals in a KPL Dubai match at the ICC Cricket grounds on Saturday night..

In another match of the tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, Space-CSS Alleppey Ripples stamped their authority with a convincing six-wicket victory over Calicut Zamorins supported by du.

Wayanad, who batted first, got off to an excellent start, thanks to an electric opening stand from the Amanat-Mohammad Shahzad duo.

Amanat smashed 11 fours and four sixes in his power-packed innings of 103 and lifted the spirits of his team. Shahzad departed after an entertaining 27 from just nine balls. He blasted three towering sixes and two boundaries in his knock.

Trivandrum bowlers had no respite as the next batsman Rafitullah too joined the leather hunt and smashed a half-century. He scored 53 off 37 balls, including seven fours and one six.

Afghanistan's international all-rounder Mohammad Nabi gave the finishing touches with a rapid-fire innings. He remained not out on 30 from just 13 balls and hit two fours and sixes each.

Gulbodin Naib entertained the crowd by hitting three sixes in his seven-ball 23 as Wayanad reached 254 for 4 in 20 overs.

All the Trivandrum bowlers suffered while facing the relentless attack from Wayanad batsmen. Abdul Rehman Kadir's four overs went for 59, while Samiullah Younis gave away 42 from three overs. Santhosh K took two wickets for 25 runs from his two overs, while Zahid Shah proved expensive as he finished with figures of 1 for 45 from his four overs.

While facing a mammoth total, Trivandrum struggled from the beginning itself, losing their top three batsmen quite cheaply.

Sujith (1), Mohammad Younis (0) and Shashikant (4) returned without much clue, but Rabdul Rehman Qadir gave some respectability to the total by scoring a 37-ball 42 with the help of one six and six fours.

Nelson Pinto later chipped in with a 22-ball 26, while Zahid Shah scored 15 as Trivandrum were bowled out for 119 with three balls remaining.

Dawlat Zardan returned with figures of 2-22 from his four overs, while Gulbodin Naib and Samiullah Shenwari picked up two wickets each.

Alleppy cruise

In another match, Alleppy had a convincing outing against Calicut, who made 145 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs. Calicut's top order clicked as their opener Ahmed Shaukat scored a sedate 48 from 57 balls.

In another match, Alleppy had a convincing outing against Calicut, who made 145 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs. Calicut's top order clicked as their opener Ahmed Shaukat scored a sedate 48 from 57 balls.

Qais Farooq made 22, while Marlon Fernando smashed 35 and guide Calicut to a competitive total.

Fayaz Ahmed took two wickets while Dilhara Lokuhetteige and Irfan Haji picked up one wicket each.

In reply, openers Shakoor and Mohammed Rowmahs gave a rollicking reply through a sound opening partnership. Shakoor smashed eight fours and one six in his 29-ball 48, while Rowmahs made 29.

Though Lokuketteige fell for four, Fayaz Malik scored 37 off 22 and ensured that Alleppy reach the target without much hiccups.

Adel Muneer was impressive in his bowling, picking up two for eight from 1.3 overs, while Qais Faroo took one wicket.

Kollam cruise to six-wicket victory

Dubai -- Phoenix Medicine Kollam Kernals romped to a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors in a KPL Dubai match held at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Grounds on Sunday.

The Twenty20 tournament is being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council. Palakkad scored a competitive 160 for nine in their 20 overs, thanks to a superb half-century from Bilal.

He smashed five fours and four sixes in his knock of 57 off 34 balls before falling to Ayub Inaya, who picked up two wickets.
At one stage it looked like Palakkad would score in excess of 180, but an excellent spell from Asif Mumtaz helped Kollam restrict their opponents.

He had a dream spell of three wickets for eight runs from his four overs. Opener Iqbal Asif chipped in with a useful contribution of 22, while his partner Malindas Saklain fell without opening his account.

Krishna gave good support to Bilal by scoring a 34-ball 40, incluidng two fours and two sixes in his innings. While chasing, Kollam batsmen were quite positive in their approach and it helped them overhaul the target easily.

Mohammed Qasim emerged the star player as he powerd Kollam's chase with a dominating innings. He smashed 83 off 55 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes and gave a terrific start to Kollam in the company of Zeeshan who made a 14-ball 17.
After Zeeshan fell to Chandrasekhar, Hafiz supported Qasim with a cameo of 31 from just 12 balls. His entertaining knock included two fours and three sixes.
Saqlain remained not out on 16, and guided Kollam to an easy win in the company of Ayub, who was unbeaten on 5.
Among the bowlers Chandrasekshar picked up two for 32 from four overs, while Taraka took one for 41.

Kollam, Thrissur score KPL wins


Dubai -- New team Phoenix Medicine-Kollam Kernals opened their KPL Dubai campaign with an emphatic six-wicket victory over Thumbay Kasargod Leopards at the ICC Global Cricket Academy ground in Dubai on Thursday night.
Seasoned performers Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group also clinched their first win by defeating new squad Globelink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas by 11 runs.
The Twenty20 tournament is being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council.
Kollam bowlers did a terrific job by restricting Kasargod, who batted first, to 105 in 20 overs. Justin picked up three wickets for 20, while Rohan bagged two for 20 -- curtailing Kasargod's chances for a big total.
Hafiz, Abdullah and Asif took one wicket each, making life difficult for the batsmen.
Apart from Amjad and Naeem, the Kasargod batsmen failed to give a good start to the team, who had some impressive wins in the first season.
Amjad made 26 off 28 deliveries with the help of two fours and one six. Naeem hit a four in his 33-ball 27, while last batsman Ali Afzal's nine-ball 10 not out helped them cross the 100-run hurdle.
However, Kasargod bowlers fought well despite not having a decent score on board. Though opener Qasim smashed an attacking 31 off 24 balls, including three fours and one six, Kasargod hit back in style by sending back Zeeshan (10), Adil (0) and Hafiz (2) quickly. But an undefeated partnership between Saqlin, who was later adjudged as man of the match, and Rohan steadied the innings and led Kollam to a convincing win with 11 balls to spare.
Saqlin was at his attacking best, smashing five fours in his 30-ball 41.
Ali Afzal bagged two wickets, while Naeem and Maqsood picked up one each.

Thrissur win a thriller


In the other match on Thursday, Thrissur began their campaign in style over the new KPL team Pathanamthitta.
Yogi Group, who batted first got off to an excellent start, thanks to an aggressive half-century from opener Salman. He smashed eight fours in his 41-ball 54, while his partner Shaiman fell for nine. Though Thrissur lost some quick wickets soon, Shahzad gave Salman good company with a rapid-fire 43 from 27 balls, which included four fours and two towering sixes.
Heman and Vilas took two wickets each for Pathanamthitta. Heman finished with figures of 26-2 from four overs, while Vilas bagged two for 14 from his two overs.
Though being faced with a big total to chase, Pathanamthitta attacked and tried their best to reach the target. However they got off to a bad start, losing their two openers cheaply. But Sujith who came in at number three boosted the morale of his team with a 26-ball 38. Vineet (20), Naeemullah (20) and Villas (27) too chipped in with some useful runs, but the experience of Thrissur bowlers helped them win the thriller by 11 runs.

Ambey was the pick of the bowlers with three for 22 from his four overs, while Samad took two for 35.

Shahzad was named man of the match.







Eight KPL matches this weekend

Dubai -- KPL Dubai will hold a total of eight matches at the ICC Global Cricket Grounds this weekend.

While two matches are scheduled to be held on Thursday and Saturday, four matches will be played on Friday.

Phoenix Medicine-Kollam Kernals will take on Thumbay Kasargod Leopards, while Trissur Dynamites Yogi Group will face Globelink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas in Thursday’s matches at 7.30pm.

Kollam and Pathanamthitta are new additions in the 12-team tournament.

Friday’s matches will start at 3:30pm with Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group up against Global Distribution Malappuram Knights.

The match between Thumbay Kasargod Leopards and Calicut Zamorins Supported by Du will also held at the same time.

The second matches, starting at 7.30 pm, will see Capital Kochi Diwans taking on Globalink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas and CSS Alleppey Ripples facing Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors.

In Saturday’s matches to be held at 7.30pm defending champions Dunes Cusine Kannur Veerans, who won the inaugural match, will face new team Phoenix Medicine Kollam Kernals.

In the second match at the same time, DCB KINGS X1 Trivandrum Royals will meet Global Distribution Malappuram Knights.

The Twenty20 tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, was inaugurated last week by Kerala Labour Minister Shibu Baby John in the presence of Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, film star Suresh Gopi and DCC officials.

In the inaugural match, champions Kannur defeated Calicut by 27 runs, thanks to an all-round performance from UAE player Arshad Ali.

He smashed a half-century and then picked up two wickets to star in the convincing victory.

A total of 12 teams are participating in the tournament, which offers a total prize money of Dh185,000.

The eventual winner will be richer by Dh100,000, up from last season’s prize money of Dh60,000.

The tournament’s final will be held at the Dubai Sports City stadium on December 2. A majority of the league matches will be held at the ICC Global Academy grounds in Dubai.

According to the tournament rules, a team should consist minimum three players from the South Indian state of Kerala in the playing XI and the remaining from local players, with one player under age 22.

Each team is allowed to have two overseas players and several teams have already secured some top players from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

One of the major highlights of KPL 2 is a match between film directors XI and film actors XI at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 1.

Top film directors from Kerala and stars will take part in the entertainment-filled cricket match.

Kannur start campaign in style

Arshad Ali’s all-round performance powers defending champions

Dubai -- UAE player Arshad Ali’s all-round performance helped defending champions Dunes Cuisine Kannur Veerans beat Calicut Zamorins Supported by Du by 27 runs in the inaugural match of KPL Dubai season two at the Dubai Sports City stadium on Friday night.

The Twenty20 tournament, being held under the auspices of Dubai Cricket Council, was officially inaugurated by Kerala Labour Minister Shibu Baby John in the presence of Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, national film award winner Suresh Gopi and DCC secretary Mohammed Lokhandwala.

Arshad Ali, who made his one-day international debut against India at Dambulla in 2004, smashed a half-century and then picked up two wickets to ensure a smooth victory for Kannur, who batted first.

Ali, who opened with Prashanth Bragss, scored a 49-ball 55 with the help of four boundaries. Bragss fell for nine, but Saqib Ali, another UAE player, gave the opener good company by contributing 22 off 23 balls.

Amjad Javed later chipped in with an aggressive 27 off 16, including two fours. Kannur made a respectable 140/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Among the Calicut bowlers, Ahmed was impressive, picking up two wickets for 26 runs from his four overs. Fernando, Salman and Zubair bagged one wicket apiece. Calicut’s reply wasn't a convincing one as their batsmen failed to put up good partnerships. Opening batsmen Vijesh fell for 11, while his partner Qais made 5.

Shauakat too fell cheaply and Calicut went on to lose wickets at regular intervals. Rajesh fought valiantly in the losing cause, making a 14-ball 26, including two sixes and one four. His cameo gave some respectability to Calicut’s score. Eventually they had to settle for 114 for nine at the end of 20 overs.

Saqib Ali was the pick of Kannur bowlers, as he took two wickets for 19 runs from his four overs.

Javed was impressive, taking two wickets for 14 runs from three overs. Captain CTK Masood, Saqib Ali and Shetty too picked up one wicket apiece.

The next KPL matches will be held at the ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds on Thursday. Phoenix Medicine Kollam Kernals will meet Thumbay Kasargod Leopards, while Trissur Dynamites Yogi Group will face Globelink Weststar Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas.

Brief scores: Kannur Veerans beat Calicut Zamorins by 27 runs Kannur (Arshad Ali 55, Saqib Ali 22, Javed 27, Ahmed 2/26) Calicut (Rajesh 26, Arshad Ali 2/19, Javed 2/14)

 

Teams

Group A:
Dunes Cuisine Kannur Veerans, Phoenix Medicines Kollam, CSS Alleppey Ripples, Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors, Thumbay Kasargod Leopards, Du Calicut Zamorins Farooq Cricket Club.

Group B: Trotters Wayanad Highlanders,DCB KINGS X1 Trivandrum Royals, Yogi Group Trissur Dynamites, Globe Link West Star Shipping Pathanamthitta Rajas, Capital Kochi Diwans, Global IT Malappuram Knights.

Under the auspices of dubai cricket council

        
  • Approved Umpires & Technical Committee
  • INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL approved Cricket Ground (ICC GCA GROUNDS IN DUBAI)