Fayaz Ahmed and Baber Malek … the stars behind Space CSS Alleppey Ripples victory over Kollam in the Kerala Premier

Dubai: The experienced Baber Malek rose to the challenge when Space CSS Alleppey Ripples needed him the most and cracked an unbeaten 54 off just 30 balls studded with five boundaries and four huge sixes to snap Phoenix Kollam Kernals’ winning run and register a 30-run victory for his team in the Kerala Premier League at the ICC Global Cricket Academy on Monday night.

Malek capitalised on the excellent start from Sri Lankan international player Dilhara Lokuhettige’s knock of 52 off 35 balls with six fours and two sixers. Iran Haji with six sixes and four boundaries cracked 60 runs in 21 balls and helped Alleppey post a mammoth 193 for 4 in 20 overs.

Left-arm spinner Fayyaz Ahmad then destroyed Kollam’s run chase with a deadly five-wicket spell for just 14 runs. Kollam could muster only 163 for 9.

In another match Trotters Wayanad downed Globe Link Patanamthitta Rajas by 36 runs. Afghanistan’s star player Samiullah Shenwari emerged the hero through an unbeaten 53 off just 15 balls. The knock contained four sixes and six fours. So breezy was his knock that except for five runs all his remaining runs came off hits to the boundary or over it. Opener Mohammad Shahzad, another Afghanistan starhit 40 runs off 20 balls with eight boundaries. Through these two breezy knock Wayanad posted 200 for 6 in 20 overs.

Patanamthitta, despite a fighting knock from Aqib Malek, who scored 79 runs off 51 balls with three sixes and six boundaries, could not reach the huge total. Ramesh Chinan with a three-wicket spell backed by Shenwari with two wickets restricted Pathanamthitta to 164 for 8 in 20 overs.

The semi-final slots are still wide open with six teams strongly poised for the last four slots. The last round of matches before the semi-final clash will be held between Alleppey and Kannur and Trivandrum against Thrissur on Thursday.

The semifinal clashes will be held on November 30 at the Dubai international Cricket Stadium.

Brief scores:

Space- CSS Alleppey Ripples bt Phoenix Medicine Kollam Kernals by 30 runs. Alleppey 193 for 4 in 20 overs (Dilhara Lokuhettige 52, Baber Malek 54n.o, Irfan Haji 60n.o, Asif Mumtaz 2 for 38) Kollam 163 for 9 in 20 overs (M. Qasim 38, Hafiz Kaleem 31, Saqlain Haider 34, Fayyaz Ahmad 5 for 14). Danube Buildmart Man of the match: Baber Malek and Fayyaz Ahmad.

Trotters Wayanad bt Globe Link Patanamthitta Rajas by 36 runs Wayanad 200 for 6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Shehzad 40, Rifatullah 28, Rizwan Amanat 24, Samiullah Shenwari 53n. o, Zaheer 2 for 38, Aqib Maek 2 for 19) Pathanamthitta 164 for 8 in 20 overs (Aqib Malek 79, Ramesh Chinan 3 for 26, Samiullah Shenwari 2 for 34). Danube Buildmart man of the match: Samiullah Shenwari.

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