While front runners Pak I Care and Catalunya CC are already both safely into Friday’s semi-finals, the race continues to heat up for the last two qualification spots.
Falco won match one against Raval Sporting by 23 runs. Posting 133 for three in their innings, they were indebted to Rehamn Ullah (45) and Ijaz Ahmeed (37) who put on an unbeaten 72, to put Falco in prime position at the half way point. However, Manish Manwani seemed to be winning the game for Raval before getting run out for 47. His team finally ended on 110 for seven to give Falco an important victory.
Shaheen then imposed a second consecutive defeat on Raval. Sporting could only score 83 for seven from their ten over quota and Shaheen surpassed that with five wickets and eight balls to spare. Dilawar Khan with 45 runs off just 16 balls made the difference, to give Shaheen two precious points.
Catalunya Tigers then won a crucial encounter against Falco and remain best placed with four wins and two defeats for one of the two semi final spots still available. Aziz Mohammad again proved pivitol for the Tigers, who can seal a final four place with two wins on Thursday.
The final encounter of Wednesday’s matches brought some joy finally for Raval. Batting first they clubbed 160 for 3 with Gurwinder Singh hitting 87 and Kishitij Patel notching 62 runs. The Fateh batting line up could not find anyone to give them a similar innings and finished on 92 for 5, some 69 runs amiss of victory.