Alleppey record their first victory over Calicut
Dubai: Rizwan Amanat became the first batsman to hit a century in the second edition of the Kerala Premier League (KPL) with a whirlwind 103 off just 59 balls at the ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds.
His knock, which contained 11 boundaries and four sixes, steered Trotters Independent Traders Waynad Highlanders to an emphatic 135-run victory over DCB Kings XI Trivandrum Royals and saw them post the biggest total by any team in the second edition.
Speaking to Gulf News, Gopal Jasapara, coach of the Waynad team said: “We badly wanted a huge win to boost our morale. This huge total will now boost our run-rate. Our team is peaking at the right time and we will keep up this momentum.”
In the second game, CSS Alleppey Ripples registered their first victory beating Calicut Zamorins supported by du by 6 wickets riding Abdul Shakoor’s 48 runs and Baber Malek’s unbeaten 37.
Left-handed Amanat, who hails from Lahore and had represented Punjab University, had been a prolific scorer for Wings XI team in UAE’s domestic cricket. Amanat and Afghanistan national team player Mohammad Shahzad piled up 56 runs in the first five overs. Shahzad slammed three sixes and two fours to score 27 runs in nine balls. Rizwan and Rifatullah Mohammad (53) and the pair put on 135 runs for the second wicket at more than ten runs. Afghanistan player Mohammad Nabi (30) and Gulbodin Naib (23) steered Waynad to a mammoth total.
In reply, Trivandrum Royals kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Dawlat Zadran and Gulbodin Naib picking up two wickets each. Abdul Rahman Qader hit a defiant 42 runs in 37 balls with six fours but Trivandrum could muster only 119 runs.
In the Alleppey-Calicut match, Abdul Shakoor cracked a fine 48 runs with his skipper Mohammad Rowmahs (29) and put on 77 runs to race past Calicut’s target of 145 runs.