Gymkhana A cricketers seek to maintain hold on2020 Kazim Nasser League

19Sep 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Gymkhana A cricketers seek to maintain hold on2020 Kazim Nasser League

​​​​​​​THE quest for the top honour in the 2020 Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML)'s Division A is set to gather pace this weekend, as two ties will take place in Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Ismaili Community cricket team's skipper, Ayzaz Jasani, in action against Kutchi Leva squad when the outfits locked horns in the previous season's GP Gymkhana Shield competition's game, which took place in Dar es Salaam. Jasani also skippers Aga Khan SC A team, which participates in this season's Kazim Nasser Memorial League (KNML)'s Division A that takes place the city. PHOTO; COURTESY OF NIKHIL PUJARA

The KNML top tier's leaders, Gymkhana A outfit, will confront Aga Khan A side in what stands to be a pulsating top of the table clash, to be played at the Dar es Salaam Club's oval.

The Gymkhana A cricketers are, on the one hand, expected to give their all in the tie in search of victory, which will see them keep on leading the rest of the pack in the KNML Division A.

They are lately placed at the top of the tournament's standing with six points, having come out victorious in three outings and suffered loss in one game.

They have a win percentage of 75, they have amassed 519 runs and leaked 485 runs, settling for a net run rate of 1.5520.

Should Gymkhana A squad get the better of Aga Khan A squad in tomorrow's tie, the league leaders will set up a two-point margin with their closest challengers, as well as boost their chances of lifting the top honour.

In-form all rounders, Vishal Patel, Zamoyoni Ramadhan, Nassor Zahoro, and skipper Abhik Patwa are some of the players that are expected to play pivotal role in Gymkhana A team's pursuit of victory tomorrow.

Tomorrow's game will moreover be a chance for Gymkhana A team to bounce back after conceding one-wicket loss to Aces A squad in their previous clash.

Posting victory over Aga Khan A squad could turn out to be the most challenging task for Gymkhana A squad, given their opponents are, on the other hand, set to come out with all guns blazing, seeking to maintain their impressive showing.

Victory in the past two games has given Aga Khan A squad morale boost and the side's players are set to put spirited showing in tomorrow's clash in an effort to step up their pursuit of the trophy.

Aga Khan A team, who got off to a slow start, are seemingly eager to turn into the competition's favourites, given they displayed scintillating showing in their previous two outings.

They played their hearts out to record seven-wicket victory over Aces A side early this month. Aga Khan A team then thumped lowly GP Pak Stars A team by 45 runs.

Aga Khan A team that boast of an impressive blend of gifted youthful players and well-drilled experienced players, are expected to depend on their in-form players Riziki Kiseto, Arslaan Premji, Issa Kikasi and John Zablon to keep Gymkhana A team in check.

Aga Khan A cricketers have recorded victory in three outings and lost one game to tie Gymkhana A team on six points but the two squads are separated by net run rate.

With Aga Khan A team having amassed 545 runs and leaked 512 runs, the squad has settlled for net run eate of 0.5307.

Aces A side will lock horns with Strikers A squad in the day's other clash in the KNML's top tier, to be played at Leaders Club venue.

It will be a chance for Aces A squad that has been placed fourth to reorganize and seek to prove they are determined to successfully contest for the trophy.

Fifth placed Strikers A team are are also in contention for silverware, which means they will net let Aces A cricketers walk all over them.

Third placed Caravans A outfit and GP Pak Stars A team that still languish at the bottom of the KNML top tier will not be in action on Sunday.

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