Burgan Bank steers into Finals with Safety Plus
Burgan Bank fought bravely till the end to enter into Finals of the Kalanjali Premier League, Summer Cricket Tournament being conducted on the occasion of India’s Independence Day.
In the semi-finals match on 14th Aug 2009, co-sponsored by Pro Sports – a One-stop shop for Cricket in Kuwait, as well as Kuwait Swedish Cleaning Services Company, Kuwait Bulls played against Burgan Bank and Safety Plus played against Kalanjali.
Kuwait Bulls captain Deb elected to bat, after winning the toss. But they could not get a good partnership and lost 3 quick wickets. 4th wicket partnership of 55 runs between Sanal (61 n.o) and Sadik (30) gave boosting to the team. Deb (17), Craig (15), Raju (16) contributed to Kuwait Bulls’s innings and the score at 189 /6 in their allotted 20 overs. Showaib (3/30), Captain Syed Iyaz (3/37) of Burgan Bank took wickets at regular intervals.
Burgan started their innings with a good 1st wicket partnership of 97 with Showaib contributing 56 runs and Tareq with 46 runs. Latif contributed with 22 and Riyaz (18 n.o) contributed to Burgan’s score.
The match was poised equally and with few wickets taken by Deb (3/28), Sajid (3/38) changed the match to very interesting, but Latif & Riyaz of Burgan could bring the game close to a win & finally Burgan won against Kuwait Bulls by 3 wickets, in their 19th over.
Burgan’s Showaib has been named as Man of the Match, for his excellent performance, both with the ball and the bat.
In the other Semi-finals, Safety Bulls won the toss and elected to bat. Sakthi & Shanmugam blasted Kalanjali bowlers and build up a good 1st wicket partnership of 92 runs, with Shanmugam 46 (26 balls, 10×4) & Sakthi 84 (53 balls. 9×4, 4×6). Safety Bulls batsmen hit very well and put lot of pressure on Kalanjali bowlers (Madhu 1/39, Suresh 0/27, Gayaz 1/31, Fazlu 0/30, Siraj 1/33, Mustafa 1/25, Reddy 0/22), very not much effective. Safety Plus ended their innings with a huge total of 217/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Kalanjali helped the score moving by missing few catches and with poor fielding.
Kalanjali batsmen were psychologically having pressure with the target set by Safety Plus, which was clear with the off-the ground mood of the players. With this mental pressure and with the tight bowling of Safety Plus opening bowlers especially Ramana who attacked and could get in two consecutive balls 2 wickets and there was a total pressure on the batmen. Mustafa (24 runs – 3×4, 1×6) alongwith Kareem (66 runs in 34 balls – 1×6, 12×4) could resist the bowlers and brought some life & hope to the team. But at no stage, Kalanjali was in strong positions against the bowling of Safety Plus, who were getting regular wickets by Rishi (3/31), Rajesh (2/32) and a good run out. Finally Kalanjali were bundled for a meager 170 in 18 overs itself. It was almost like a one-sided match, as Kalanjali were not able to match Safety Plus in any department of the game.
Sakthi of Safety Plus has been adjudged as Man of the Match for his magnificent 84 runs in 53 balls.
Safety Plus and Burgan Bank are going to meet in the finals of this tournament which will be held on 21st August 2009, from 5.30 am. H.E Ajai Malhotra will be the Chief Guest for the Finals of the tournament. All Indian cricket lovers in Kuwait are requested to come and encourage the players and the organizers, on this occasion.
Should holy month of Ramadan fall on 21st August 2009, the finals will be postponed to 2nd Oct 2009.
For more details contact Murali Manohar on 66457286 or Fakruddhin on 97725956 or send an email to [email protected]