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Ton-up Akhtar powers Qasmi Gymkhana to third straight success


KARACHI: Chief guest Sarwat Chandio gives away the man-of-the-match award to Omar CC’s Faraz Ahmed Khan.
KARACHI: Chief guest Sarwat Chandio gives away the man-of-the-match award to Omar CC’s Faraz Ahmed Khan.

KARACHI: Already through to their maiden knockout berth, Qasmi Gymkhana continued their magnificent run in the 33rd Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Cricket Festival for the Omar Associates Trophy with a massive 112-run defeat of Mateen Enterprises here on Sunday.

Put into bat in the Group ‘C’ game at the Karachi Gymkhana Ground, Qasmi Gymkhana amassed 199-1 with opener Akhtar Mohammad bludgeoning 122 from only 64 balls with the aid of 13 fours and seven sixes.

Bilal Irshad, nephew of Pakistan batting legend Mohammad Yousuf, contributed 67 off 54 balls with eight fours and one six while sharing an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 196 with man-of-the-match Akhtar.

Mateen Gymkhana, in reply, crashed to 87 all out in 17 overs with leg-spinner Hasan Sardar claiming four wickets for 22 runs as Qasmi completed their league round with three straight victories.

Meanwhile, Omar CC completed a 10-wicket thrashing of Acme Technologies in the Group ‘B’ match later in the afternoon. Man-of-the-match Faraz Ahmed khan (4-9 in 3.3 overs) and skipper Saad Nasim (4-5 in 2) sent Acme hurtling to 52 all out in 14.3 overs.

Omar CC knocked off the required runs in just four overs with Sahibzada Farhan striking five boundaries and one six in a 12-ball 30 while Usman Khan hit a 12-ball 26 with three fours and a brace of sixes.

Summarised scores:

Qasmi Gymkhana beat Mateen Enterprises by 112 runs.

QASMI GYMKHANA 199-1 in 20 overs (Akhtar Mohammad 122 not bout, Bilal Irshad 67 not out); MATEEN ENTERPRISES 87 in 17 overs (Faizan Malik 16; Hasan Sardar 4-22, Asif Siddiqui 2-1, Mohammad Usman 2-17).

Omar CC beat Acme Technologies by 10 wickets.

ACME TECHNOLOGIES 52 in 14.3 overs (Mohammad Shoaib 16; Saad Nasim 4-5, Faraz Ahmed Khan 4-9, Ashiq Ali 2-8); OMAR CC 57-0 in 4 overs (Sahibzada Farhan 30 not out, Usman Khan 26 not out).

Monday’s fixture: Emerging Cricketers Academy vs Sparco Paints (Group ‘B’, 2:30pm).

Published in Dawn, May 28th, 2018