Danube Lions roar loudest to win Arabian Cricket League
There were plenty of euphemisms one could attach to this match: both the Alubond Tigers and Danube Lions had names that were just crying out for word-play.
In the end, the Battle of the Big cats saw plenty of claws from both teams as they set out to win the Arabian Cricket League final, that the Lions ultimately clinched.
The tournament brought an end to the maiden edition of the Arabian Cricket League, the UAE’s only outdoor Twenty20 tournament which is played under floodlights at the world-class facilities at the ICC Academy.
Batting first, the Lions put up a supremely impressive 225 off their 20 overs, losing just four wickets in the process. It was Asif Ali who roared loudest for the Lions, as their
mane main performer contributed with a superb 93 not out that contained six sixes and seven fours.
Shahzad Manna supported him ably with an excellent 64, which saw six sixes and two fours.
It was up to the tigers to dethrone the Lions, who’d been imperious in the competition so far. That showed in the final as well, as the Lions’ bowlers bit into the Tigers continually.
Hasan Raza, Umair Ali, Sultan Ahmed, Mohammed Azam and Nasir Aziz all fell for single-digit figures or less as the Lions ripped through their opponents’ middle order after Waqas Ahmed (34) and Prashanth and Mohammed Mujtaba (both 17) had begun the hunt.
The Tigers, though, bled copiously throughout their innings and in the end, ran out of wickets as they were skittled for a total of just 103 in 15.4 overs.
It was a momentous occasion for the Danube Lions, who had Asif Ali crowned Man of the Match for his brilliant performance.
All in all, it has been an excellent few weeks for the Arabian Cricket League, which is sure to further enhance the popularity of the shortest form of the game in the United Arab Emirates.
Given the overwhelming response to the tournament, we are sure ACL 2.0 is not that far away! For more information, send an email to Mahesh Mondkar at MaheshM@iccacademy.net or call +971 (0)4 4481355.
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