Annadil Burhani cricketers regain winning momentum in 2020 Nasser Memo

30Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Annadil Burhani cricketers regain winning momentum in 2020 Nasser Memo

ANNADIL Burhani cricketers have stepped up pursuit of silverware in the 2020 Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML)'s Division A1, thrashing Gymkhana B by 46 runs at the former's backyard in Dar es Salaam early this week.

Annadil Burhani Club's cricketers react after one of the squad's bowlers had taken a wicket in the side's clash with Punjabi Kings in the previous season's GP Gymkhana Shield competition, which took place in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The eventual winners made the most of the opportunity to bat first, posting an imposing score for Gymkhana B and the former later on defended their score well.

Gymkhana B won the toss and elected to bowl in the encounter, which took place at Annadil Burhani oval, and Annadil Burhani went on to record 179 runs for the loss of six wickets in 30 overs.

Opening batsmen, Abbas Adamjee and Mufaddal Seifuddin, were in great form with the bat in the clash and their displays proved crucial to the team's acquisition of the imposing score.

Seifuddin surpassed a half century mark on his way to notching 53 runs, which included five fours.

Adamjee as well showed no mercy for Gymkhana B bowlers, posting 36 runs which consisted of six fours.

Juzer Ghor, Murtaza Kaderbhai and skipper Mustafa Lookmanji piled more runs for the outfit, posting 17 runs, 15 runs and 14 runs respectively.

Much as Adnan Zariwala and Abdulkadir Dossajee ended one run short of double digit score, they saw to it their outfit end the innings with a good score.

Gymkhana B bowlers, skipper Kartik Syal and Dhruv Pancholi, took two wickets apiece for the outfit.

Syal leaked 28 runs in his six-over spell and he had an economy rate of 4.67.

Pancholi leaked 29 runs in six overs, ending with an economy rate of 4.83.

Reaching the challenging target of 180 runs to post victory turned out to be a tall order for Gymkhana B, given they recorded 133 runs, dropping nine wickets in 30 overs to concede the loss.

They had earlier showcased intention to mount successful chase following a promising start by openers, Abdulrahman Akida and Amit Raghuvanshi, and Gourav Choudhary, who batted at number three.

Akida posted 37 runs, which included three fours, whereas fellow opener Raghuvanshi scored 27 runs, which consisted of three fours.

Choudhary scored 20 runs, which included a four.

The trio's dismissal spelt disaster for Gymkhana B, as the rest of the outfit's batsmen could not chip in with meaningful contribution.

Pancholi was by far the only other batsman who, to some extent, managed to display resoluteness, notching 11 runs not out.

Kaderbhai unleashed a barrage of skillful deliveries to end his impressive bowling spell with three wickets for the hosts.

He leaked 24 runs in his six-over spell, which saw him post an economy rate of 4.00.

Zariwala and Lookmanji took two wickets apiece to keep Gymkhana B batsmen in check.

Zariwala leaked 24 runs in six overs, Lookmanji leaked 27 runs in six overs.

Annadil Burhani have in the process kept on putting pressure on Aga Khan SC B, who are leading the rest of the pack in Group A of the Division A1.

Aga Khan SC B have recorded six points after the oufit's 13-run victory over Union Sport Club the same weekend, whereas Annadil Burhani have collected four points.

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