✪ Yasir Khaleem’s elegant century lifts InterGlobe Marine to third consecutive win
K R Nayar
Senior cricket writer & analyst
Yasir Khaleem’s century ensured InterGlobe Marine their third consecutive victory in the CBFS powered by Fancode T20 tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. On Wednesday night they defeated Savannah Lions by 96 runs.
Yasir Khaleem along with Touqeer Riyasat (67) helped InterGlobe Marine post 213 for 3 in 20 overs and restrict Savannah Lions to 117 runs. Harshit Seth with three wickets was backed by Harry Bharwal and Rizwan CP with two wickets each to bowl out Savannah Lions in 18.2 overs.
Savannah Lions won the toss and elected to bowl. Rodwell Chigome picked the prize wicket of InterGlobe Marine’s consistent opener Asif Khan for just one run by having him caught by Shaun Fabe. Opener Rizwan continued his form after scores of 47 and 94 in the previous matches. He took the score to 63 through a 50-runs partnership with Yasir Khaleem. Rizwan on 30, scored off 19 balls with two boundaries and a six, fell to Robin Gow Kleinschmidt after getting caught by Bradley Staddon.
Khaleem was joined by Touqeer Riyasat and this pair put on 107-runs for the third wicket. This partnership ended in the 17th over when Riyasat got caught by Rodwell Chigome off Khalid Mahroof for 67. His knock off 32 balls contained 10 boundaries and two sixes. Khaleem went on to reach his 100 off 59 balls with nine boundaries and five sixes and ensured InterGlobe Marine a total of 213 for 3 in the 20 overs.
Savannah Lions began their chase badly losing both the openers by the fourth over with only 12 runs on board. The first to go was opener Mitchell Van Wyk, who got caught behind by wicketkeeper Yassir Kaleem off Touqeer Riyasat for 5. Opener Bradley Staddon got bowled by Gopa Kumar for 2. Roshan Khan and Romello Ceasario Ariff added 40 runs for the third wicket before Roshan got caught by Asif Mumtaz off Harshit Seth for 14. Three runs later, Romello got run out for 21.
Savannah Lions’s wicketkeeper batsman Juandre Kruger took up the challenge and kept scoring freely with support from Robin Gow Kleinschmidt. The pair put on 45 runs for the fifth wicket and guided their team to the 100 run mark when Rizwan CP struck to trap Robin leg before for 13. Meanwhile, Harry Bharwal trapped Mathew Newton leg before for 1 and Rodwell Chigome fell for a duck.
Rizwan CP then clean bowled Juandre to end his challenging knock of 43. His knock off 25 balls had three boundaries and three sixes. In the end, Savannah Lions got bowled out for 117 in 18.2 overs and crashed to a 96-runs defeat.
InterGlobe Marine bt Savannah Lion by 96 runs. InterGlobe Marine 213 for 3 in 20 overs (Rizwan CP 30, Yasir Khaleem 100n.o, Touqeer Riyasat 67) Savannah Lions 117 in 18.2 overs (Romello Ceasario Ariff 21, Juandre Kruger 43, Harshit Seth 3 for 34, Harry Bharwal 2 for 20, Rizwan CP 2 for 15).
Man of the Match: Yasir Khaleem.