General Petroleum went in to bat first and registered 141 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs, with significant contribution with the bat in the innings coming from opener Zafar Khan, who notched 44 runs off 30 balls, and Naseer, who posted 26 runs from 30 balls.
Spinner Athuman Siwa was the pick of Caravans’ bowlers with three wickets for 24 runs in four overs. Ratheesh Kumar chipped in with two wickets for 30 runs in four overs, Jithin Mohan, Jayaraj and skipper, Sreejith Kumar, took a wicket each in their respective four-over spells.
Caravans, in response, chased their opponents’’ score with ease, losing four wickets in 17.5 overs.
A 39-ball 37 by opening batsman, Anoop, proved to be inspirational to the team’s quest for a successful chase, with the batsman nailing three boundaries to end the innings as the top run getter.
With 18 runs required in 18 balls at the end of 17th over, skipper Kumar banged three sixes continuously in the 18th over, bowled by General Petroleum’s Khan, as the former eventually won the game for his team in style.
Manoj Kumar and skipper, Kumar, registered 36 runs and 32 runs respectively. Ratheesh chipped in with 25 runs off 18 balls.
General Petroleum’s Khan took two wickets for 33 runs in 2.5 overs and Basit finished with a wicket for 25 runs in three overs.
Caravans’ skipper, Kumar, disclosed he was overjoyed following his team’s victory and credited the success to teamwork.
“It was a good start for this season with a good win against General Petroleum…it was totally a team effort. We were good in building partnership,” he said.
“We got a good opening stand from Anoop and Ratheesh. Manoj came in as the number three batsman and played freely. That partnership ended in the 14th over and the middle order came and finished the game in the 18th over.”
He disclosed his team is now looking forward to the next match against Saint Gobain Strikers next week.
Aces African Fighters were, as well, all smiles as they cruised to a 61-run win over Estim Eleven in the tournament’s other game at the same venue later.
Aces African Fighters went in to bat first and scored 124 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs and their opponents, in response, failed to chase the total, as they were bowled out for 63 runs in 16 overs.