Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals have defeated AGL Palakkad Harvestors by 12 runs in a Kerala Premier League match at the ICC Academy Grounds in Dubai.Mohammad Ibrahim turned out to be the star through an all-round performance and helped Trivandrum restrict Palakkad, who chased a victory target of 133, to 120 for eight wickets in 20 overs.
Ibrahim, who smashed an 18-ball 24 with the help of four boundaries, later picked up two wickets for 22 runs from his four overs.Trivandrum batted first after winning the toss and their openers gave a good start by adding 53 runs for the first wicket. Jeevan smashed three fours and two sixes in his 40 from 38 balls while Sangeeth scored 32 with four boundaries and one six.
However, after the fall of openers and Ibrahim, Trivandrum lost their way and had to content with 132 for eight in 20 overs. Dihan made the difference for Palakkad by taking four wickets for 33 runs from his full quota of overs. Shadeep Silva took two while Waseem and Shijith bagged one each.
Palakkad had a good start when the openers MalinthaPerera and Ashfaq Ahmed added 29 runs for the first wicket, but Ibrahim struck for Trivandrum by sending back Ahmed for 11. Perera, who made a 23-ball 21 with the help of two fours, was dismissed by Tauqir Ahmed, who finished with two for 20 from his four overs.
TharinduMendis gave Palakkad victory hopes when he sparkled with a breezy 47 from 39 deliveries, including six hits to the fence. But Shafaqat Ali tilted the balance in Trivandrum’s favour by dismissing Mendis at a crucial time in the match.The rest of the batsmen succumbed under pressure from the accurate Trivandrum bowlers.
HazratHussain also operated a good spell and picked up two for 18 from three overs while Waheed Ahmed took one wicket.Ibrahim was adjudged man of the match for his allround performance for Trivandrum.
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 :
Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals beat AGL Palakkad Harvestors by 12 runs
Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals 132 for 8 in 20 overs(Sangeeth J. 32, Jeevan 40, Moahmmed Ibrahim 24, Shandeep Silva 2 for 21, DihanSariffodeen 4 for 33)AGL Palakkad Harvestors 120 for 8 in 20 overs (Malinda Perera 21, Ashfaq Ahmed 11, Gopa Kumar 11, Mohammed Ibrahim 2 for 22, Tauqir Ahmed 2 for 20, HazaratHussain 2 for 18)
Man of the Match : Mohammed Ibrahim of Seven Seas Trivandrum Royals