Doha, Sep 26: Sponsor's Gulf lights defeated Asian XI by 4 wickets in the inaugural match of the fourth Gulf Lights Cricket tournament 2021 at the Losail Cricket Complex.
A R Sanaullah, Managing Partner of Gulf Lights Engg. Co. inaugurated the tournament in the presence of Qatar Veterans Cricket officials, all players, and match officials.
The tournament is strictly following the Covid protocol of MOPH and the Olympic Committee.
Winning the toss Gulf Lights captain Neyamat elected to bowl. Asian XI openers started well and scored 14 runs in the first over. But, Gulf Lights struck well and kept on taking wickets at regular intervals. Asian XI were all out for 89 in 14 overs. Kukila made 22 runs in 18 balls with 1 six and 1four. For Gulf Lights, Salman took 3 wickets for 13 runs and Ehsaan took 2 wickets for 22 runs.
In reply, Gulf Lights lost quick wickets and were 33 runs for 4 wickets in 6 overs. Tabish (41runs in 24 balls with 5 6’s and 1 4’ ) steadied the Gulf Lights innings and Fahim scored 17 runs not out completed the target in 13.2 overs.
Tabish of Gulf Lights was adjusted Man of the Match.
In the second match, Batting first, defending Champions Oryx Challengers defeated AL Fardan by 42 runs.
Oryx Challengers made 192 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs. Jignesh made 74 runs in 38 balls with eight sixes and 2 fours. Satish added 31 runs and Vikrant 25 runs.
For Al Fardan Abid and Tanveer took two wickets each.
In reply, Al Fardan were all out for 150 runs in 20 overs. Majeed (61 runs in 36 balls with six 6’s and two 4’s) fought a lone battle without support at other end.
For Oryx Challengers, Rinky took 4 wickets.
Man of the match – Jignesh of Oryx Challengers