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Rain plays spoilsport as Qatar T10 Cricket League games washed out

Rain plays spoilsport as Qatar T10 Cricket League games washed out

Tribune News Network
DOHA
Rain played a spoilsport in the Qatar T10 Cricket League with both the matches being abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Asian Town Stadium on Tuesday.
Standings leaders Desert Riders and Pearl Gladiators were scheduled to play the first match, while the second clash pitted Flying Oryx against Heat Stormers. The incessant rain forced the organisers, the Qatar Cricket Association, to call the day off. All the four teams got one point each.
After the third day of the League, Dream Riders lead the table with five points from three games.
They are followed by Flying Oryx at three. Falcon Hunters are placed third with a one and a loss. Swift Gallopers also have a win in two games, while Heat Stormers and Pearl Gladiators have one point each, having lost their first matches.
On Monday, Swift Gallopers cut short a bold bid for a win by Falcon Hunters and posted their first victory with six runs. Batting first, they put up a healthy 106 for five on the board as Zaheer Ibrahim and Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal played thrilling knocks.
Ibrahim, a Qatari player, took 19 balls to compile 32 with three sixes. Akmal smashed two sixes and as many fours to make 25 off 16 balls. Zahzab Naveed and Sadiq NM added crucial 15 each. Waqas Maqsood, Murad Khan, Saad Bin Zafar, Iqbal Chaudhry and Irshad Umar shared the wickets.
Pearl Gladiators had a horrific start as they lost three top players for just five runs, including Salman Butt and Hashim Amla. But by six overs, they raced to 64 for four, infusing life into their challenge through Mohammed Rizlan mainly.
The match took a twist as Gayan Mimalashantha removed Tamoor Sajjad (13 off six balls) and Rizlan in the seventh over.
Pearl Gladiators continued to rally and they needed 19 runs in the final over with three wickets in hands. Ibrahim’s two wickets caught them seven runs short of the target.
Rizlan cracked two sixes and four boundaries in his 19-ball 35, Murad Khan smashed 16 off just seven balls, while Irshad Khan (nine not out in four balls). Mughees Bajwa, Wimalashantha and Ibrahim grabbed two wickets each.

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