Openers revel as Wings XI take flight in Dulsco quarter-final

IKAT Brothers falter in reply allowing semi-final passage into the Ramadan cricket tournament.

Wings XI will meet IKAT Brothers in the semi-final of the 10th Dulsco Ramadan Cricket Tournament tonight after a swashbuckling half-century from Haseeb inspired them to victory over E-CAT Dubai Municipality.

In a third quarter-final match played on Tuesday night, Haseeb crashed four sixes and an equal number of fours from 31 deliveries in a partnership with Sajid Rehman, who hit a 28-ball 42, worth 99 runs for the first wicket.

The stand provided the cornerstone of Wings' total of 186 for seven, a target which E-CAT Dubai Municipality fell short by 46 runs.

They did make a sound start in reply. The openers Tausef Asghar and Azhar Nasir, who earlier claimed three for 28 with the ball, put on 39 runs for the first wicket before the latter was caught and bowled by Adil for 23.

Asghar went on to complete his half-century with five sixes and four fours but wickets tumbled at the other end, and the asking rate began to soar.

Only Jamil Haider offered him some support but after he departed for 17, the rest of the batsmen failed to reach double figures.

Once Asghar was seventh man out for 59 with the score at 129, his team folded in the 16th over to 140 all out, a total which included 17 extras.

Ravid and Neeraj Ramamoorthy were the successful bowlers for the winners, claiming three wickets each. Neeraj also third top scored for Wings with 14 and was named man of the match.

Carfare will play either Active IT Distribution or ADCC in the other semi-final with the final set for tomorrow at 7pm.

* Compiled by The National staff with agency

Published: August 25, 2011 04:00 AM