Danube Lions through to Arabian Cricket League final
The Danube Lions are the first team to reach the finals of the Arabian Cricket League following their handsome seven wicket win over Team Interface in their semi final here at the ICC Academy.
Batting first, Team Interface could only muster a total of 128/8 as they lost both Salman Baber and Mohammed Ibtisham for ducks. Only Rizwan (25) and Waheed (31) both made starts as the team struggled to really get going, with Rahil, Khalid and Amin all picking up two wickets apiece.
With the Lions fully aware that they would not have that large a score to chase, they set about their business right from the get go.
A classy 69 from Shahzad Manna formed the spine of the team’s innings, but it was quite clear that the pressure to pick up quick wickets told on Team Interface’s bowlers: they conceded 23 runs through extras.
Shahzad stayed unbeaten until the end and wrapped up the game with Asif Ali to book Danube Lions a spot in the finals.
The Danube Lions will play the winner of the match between Grand Midwest and the Alubond Tigers this week. The final match of the maiden Arabian Cricket League is scheduled for Friday, the 20th of March.
The ACL is the first outdoor Twenty20 tournament to be played in the UAE. under lights at the Ovals at the ICC Academy, whose world-class facilities have been used by several international cricket teams that represented their nations at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, currently being held in Australia and New Zealand.
The hosts aside, some of these teams include Pakistan, homeboys the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Scotland and Ireland.