(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Mustafa shines in the final at sharjah cricket stadium the victorious danube lions’ captain receives the winners trophy from waleed bukhatir. — supplied photo
Rohan mustafa hogged the limelight again for danube lions as they clinched the 40th bukhatir league ‘a’ division tournament in association with interface transworld ousting phoenix medicine by 116 runs.
The tournament organised by the sharjah cricket council saw some wonderful and thrilling matches that went down the wire played over a month at the sprawling sharjah cricket stadium under lights. the event received a further boost when interface transworld who have been big supporters of cricket in the uae came on board.
Calling the coin correctly danube lions skipper usman khalid did not hesitate one bit to opt to bat first especially with man in form mustafa opening the innings.
Mustafa and abid ali began the groundwork cautiously not hurrying things up as they stitched together a superb 66 runs for the opening wicket.
Ali fell scoring a sturdy 41-ball 32 including four boundaries which brought andri berrenger to the centre.
Berrenger and mustafa mixed caution with aggression as the duo raised the run rate to add an important 83 runs for the second wicket with both batsmen achieving fine half centuries.
While mustafa utilized 96 deliveries to reach 74 studded with five boundaries and a six berrenger was hostile in his approach reaching 86 in only 81 balls peppered with eight hits to the fence and two over it.
Tarindu mendis (29) and asif ali (32 not out) fired from all salvos to further consolidate the innings as danube lions amassed 288 for eight in 50 overs.
For grand midwest uae frontline bowler naveed saleem and anwar ali accounted for two wickets each.
In reply to a imposing target grand midwest made a positive start with opener taufeeq umer hitting a 57-ball 42 supported by two fours and a six.
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman kamran akmal scored a measured 33 from as many balls containing three boundaries and a six as grand midwest were looking good at 70 for two.
But a fine spell from mustafa who claimed three wickets while asad ali and usman khalid who pocketed two each meant grand midwest encountered a serious collapse as they were shot out for 172 in 36.4 overs.
Tariq haroon (17) and anwarl ali (19) all provided good starts could not convert it to big scores.
Waleed bukhatir vice-chairman of the sharjah cricket council congratulated the winners and presented the trophies after the match