Aga Khan Youths thrash Lions Youths in Dar Elite U-15 Cricket League  

16Oct 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Aga Khan Youths thrash Lions Youths in Dar Elite U-15 Cricket League  

AGA Khan Youths cricket team commanded 68-run drubbing of Lions Youths side in a 2020 TCA Dar es Salaam Elite U-15 League's clash, which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Aga Khan Youths cricket team in group picture prior to confronting Lions Youths in a 2020 TCA Dar es Salaam Elite U-15 League's match, which took place at Annadil Burhani oval in the city recently. PHOTO; COURTESY OF TCA

The competition, held under the supervision of Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), has brought together Dar es Salaam-based junior teams in an effort to promote the sport from grassroots.

Lions Youths won the toss and elected to bowl, limiting Aga Khan Youths to 125 runs all out in 19.3 overs of the scheduled 20-over clash.

Aga Khan Youths had to contend with two quick dismissals of openers, Sayan Vijay Jobanputra and Aaditya Kailas Bhattbhatt, as Lions Youths sought to frustrate the former's quest for an imposing score early on.

Brijesh Hitesh Kakkad, Aga Khan Youths' captain, stepped up to put his batting prowess to show, posting 60 runs which included five boundaries.

He immensely helped Aga Khan Youths stay in control of the innings for some time, making up for the team's openers' flaws in the process.

There were two more quick dismissals, which saw Laksh Snehal and Dylan Manish Thakrar end with four runs and one run respectively, as Lions Youths fought to keep Aga Khan Youths in check.

Sanay Vijay Jobanputra chipped in with 12 runs for the Aga Khan Youths, Raahi Rajesh Davda ended three runs short of double digit figure for the squad, as Aga Khan Youths sought to wade off Lions Youths' bowlers' pressure.

Rehaan Atif took most wickets for Lions Youths, ending with three wickets and leaking 21 runs in 3.3 overs.

The outfit's three other bowlers, Amaan Sameer, Ashfaq Imtiyaz and skipper Abdullah Imtiyaz, took two wickets each in their respective four-over spells.

Amassing 126 runs to win turned out to be a daunting task for Lions Youths, given they were in response skittled for 57 runs in 17.1 overs.

Skipper Abdullah, slotted in at number three, ended as the top run getter in the fruitless chase, posting 18 runs which included two fours.

Openers, Ashfaq and Naveed Nasir, had relatively short spells at the crease as the squad experienced a wobble early on.

Abdullah's dismissal spelt disaster for Lions Youths, given the rest of the squad's batsmen failed to turn the game around.

Low order batsman, Aasim Abdulsamad, ended one run short of double digit figure in a vain attempt by the youngster to help Lions Youths avoid defeat.

Ayaan Ashik Shariff ended with three wickets and fellow bowlers, Jobanputra, Raja Ram Nandeep and Snehal recorded two wickets each and saw to it Aga Khan Youths dash Lions Youths' hopes away.

Aga Khan Youths are, therefore, at the top of the three-team tournament's standing, given they have registered four points in two games.

Lions Youths and Al-Madrassa Youths have been placed second and last respectively in the competition's table.

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