in a last eight stage’s game played at the Annadil Burhani venue in Dar es Salaam early this week.
Caravans A were in great form with the ball in the game and the team made full use of its dependable bowlers to contain Telegu Stars.
Telegu Stars went in to bat first and were skittled for 76 suns in 23.4 overs, with notable contribution with the bat coming from Kazi, who scored 20 runs off 21 balls, Anil with 12 runs, Pavan and Bhanu, who registered 11 runs apiece.
Kazi nailed three boundaries in his innings to somehow keep alive Telegu Stars’ hopes of putting a convincing total but the side’s low order batsmen fared horribly to put the squad in difficult position, as far as foiling their opponents’ chase was concerned.
Sreejith Kumar, who is also Caravans A’s skipper, and George Ackarel mercilessly tormented Telegu Stars’ batsmen, in which Kumar commanded a five-wicket haul for 13 runs in 5.3 overs and Ackarel finished with three wickets for 19 runs in six overs.
Despite having a modest target in sight, Caravans A were forced to give their all with the bat and ultimately assured themselves of the victory for the loss of eight wickets.
The team’s chase got off to a wobbly start, in which top order batsmen were dismissed in quick succession. Opener Anoop managed to post eight runs off 18 balls and Gokul registered four runs before he was sent back to the pavilion.
Sunil, though, managed to stabilize the team’s innings, nailing four boundaries on his way to posting 22 runs off 19 balls before felling to Telegu Stars’ Bhanu.
Avinash and Kumar then stepped on the crease to guide Caravans A to the win, recording unbeaten ten and seven runs, respectively, with Kumar assuring the team’s progression to the semi-final with a well-executed sixer.
Telegu Stars’ Kazi was the only player with meaningful contribution with the ball, when he took three wickets for 13 runs in six overs.
The last four’s stage of the Division B will see Caravans A meet the winner of the quarterfinal match pitting General Petroleum against Aga Khan SC B at the Annadil Burhani venue on September 25.