Aga Khan SC cricketers storm into Dar 50 overs League final  

14Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aga Khan SC cricketers storm into Dar 50 overs League final  

​​​​​​​DAR ES SALAAM cricket big guns, Aga Khan SC, have booked a place in the final of the Regional 50 overs League’s Division A, walloping Aces Club by five wickets in a thrilling semi-final which took place in the city early this week.

Aga Khan SC’s cricketer, Aahil Jesani, in action against Shree Kutchi Leva SC in last year’s GP Gymkhana Shield competition, which took place in Dar es Salaam. Jessani catapulted Aga Khan SC to victory over Aces in the Regional 50 overs League’s semi-final played early this week. PHOTO; NIKHIL PUJARA

Caravans Club will be Aga Khan SC’s opponents in the event’s final, given the former made it to the stage after having been given a bye in the last four stage.

Aces chose to start batting against Aga Khan after the former had won the toss, they nevertheless struggled in the innings to eventually register 99 runs all out in 31.2 overs.

They had a promising start, with the opening pair of Jumanne Mohamed and Ankit Baghel partnering to register 48 runs before they were dismissed by Aga Khan SC’s Aahil Jessani.

Mohamed scored 26 runs, which consisted of two boundaries, whereas his fellow opener notched 18 runs which included three boundaries.

The side’s pursuit of an imposing score was, later on, dealt a blow, given batsmen were dismissed in quick succession.

Imran Khan to some extent attempted to improve his squad’s pursuit of a good total, posting 16 runs, which consisted of a boundary.

Jessani ended as Aga Khan’s hero during the team’s bowling spell, given he almost single-handed demolished the Aces’ batting lineup.

The gifted all-rounder had eight wickets, leaking 20 runs in his 10-over spell, preventing Aces from reaching triple figure in their innings.

Aces’ batsmen were hardly able to counter Aga Khan’s spin attack of Jessani, Sadick Iddi and Dhrumit Mehta.

Iddi and Mehta were equally dangerous, with the two bowlers taking a wicket apiece.

Needing 100 runs to win, Aga Khan did not start their innings well, losing three wickets in quick succession and forcing veteran skipper, Ayzaz Jessani, to press panic button.

The experienced all-rounder eventually managed to counter a formidable Aces’ bowling trio of Salum Jumbe, Ally Mpeka and Mohamed Ali.

Aga Khan managed to post the much needed triple digit total in the 34th over for the loss of five wickets.

Much as Aces cricketers put a spirited showing, their efforts to defend the 99 runs hit snag, given they conceded 31 extras.

Jumbe was Aces’ top wicket taker, taking two wickets, leaking 14 runs in nine overs.

Caravans were, as disclosed by the competition’s organizers Dar es Salaam Cricket, given a bye to the final after the club’s semi-final against Shree Kutchi Leva SC was abandoned because of rain.

Caravans finished top of their group during the group games, hence making it to the final on that basis.