Axis Ramzan Festival T20: Axis Cricket Club beat Showbiz XI by 81 runs

KARACHI: (HRNW)  Axis Cricket Club beat Showbiz XI by 81 runs to qualify for the final match of Virtual Axis Ramzan Festival T20 cricket tournament 2021 to meet the Veterans Friends XI.

Batting first, after winning the coin-toss, Axis CC lost three wickets for 67 runs, including the century maker of the previous match, Usman Shah for 11 runs. At this point, Sohail Khan and Mohammed Tahir formed an unbeaten 178-run stand to propelled their team to a massive total of 245-3 in 20 overs. Tahir hammered 13 sixes and a couple of boundaries for his 111 while Sohail Khan remained not out on 102 (three sixes, 12 fours). Sarfarz was the most successful Showbiz XI bowler with two wickets for 28 runs in his three overs.

In reply, Showbiz XI was not up to the task and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Noman Habib scored 42-ball fifty at the last ball of the match while Syed Sameer with 29 (28) was the other notable scorer as the Showbiz XI finished at 164-8 in the allotted overs. Ali Umer and Khawaja Ahmed Mustaqeem had two scalps each.

The final match of the tournament will be played whenever the government eases the Covid SOPs.

In the end, Mohammad Tahir and Sohail Khan were jointly awarded men of the match.

Meanwhile, President, Sports Journalists Association of Sindh, Muhammad Asif Khan presented the memento to the guest of honour of the evening, Khawaja Ahmed Mustaqeem.

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