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AUB, NBK and ABK register wins Kuwait Banks Club League 2014

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 29: Devastating fast bowling by left arm seamer Sajid Kalam enabled Ahli United Bank to score a convincing 7 wickets victory over Gulf Bank in the ongoing Kuwait Banks Club tournament organized by Kuwait Cricket. Winning the toss, Mahmoud Bastaki, the AUB skipper decided to bowl first as the green topped wicket with lots of dew on it assisted the AUB seamers and as the sun came out the ball began to swing more. Sajid the left arm fast bowler bowled with lively pace to take the first three wickets and took advantage of the bounce to run through the top order batting line up. He was well supported by Rashid and later Mahmoud Bastaki, whose flighted deliveries accounted for 3 wickets  as Gulf Bank were shot out for 48 runs.

Gulf Bank gave their opponents a tough fight as they accounted for the first three batsmen with not much on the scoreboard but Jagath batting beautifully scored 222 runs to clinch the match in AUB’s favor. Rifat & Waleed took a wicket each. Sajid Kalam for his excellent bowling performance was declared Player of the match. In an exciting and well balanced match Ahli Bank of Kuwait scored a nail-biting3 runs victory over Burgan Bank to keep their hopes alive for a semifinal berth. Batting first, Ahli Bank openers Anthony & Sajiv scored 27 runs for the first wicket in which Anthony played a major part to score a solid 32 runs to his credit. Sajiv (11 runs) & later on Shehzad (13 runs) contributed well enough for Ahli Bank to score 97 runs in their 20 overs. Burgan bowlers Sharma ( 4-13) & Manohar (4-26) bowled extremely well to restrict the free scoring Ahli batsmen.

Chasing a modest total, Burgan were in trouble by losing their prolific scorer Arther & Sufiyan quickly and never recovered to gain control of the match. Dilip & Kunal tried to restore the innings with some fine batting but Ahli bowlers Shanker & Fahad bowled a hostile spell to wreck the middle order batting to restrict Burgan total to 94 runs. Irfan, Israr & Shehzad took a wicket each for Ahli Bank. Fahad of ABK was presented with the Player of the match. National Bank of Kuwait scored a 5 wicket victory over Kuwait International Bank in the third match of the day in the ongoing KBC trophy. KIB winning the toss batted first and posted a reasonable total 84 runs loosing 9 wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Opener Nadeem played a fluent knock of 25 runs with a huge six over long on & 4 hits to the fence. Imran (3-14) & Ronald (2-5) bowled well for NBK while Binu Mathew, Jalal & Anil chipped in with one wicket each.

On a wicket which started taking turn, Kuwait International Bank fought back valiantly to give a tough fight for their strong opponents. NBK openers Kiran (28 runs)  & Sarfaraz (19 runs) struck the ball fluently to post 37 runs but the introduction of Manoj Mishra who bowled a nagging line resulted in the loss of three quick wickets. Nadeem from the other end supported Manoj very well and in 6 overs half of the NBK batsmen were back in the pavilion. Khurram, batting at three down, took control of the situation and blasted a quick fire 20 runs to seal a 5 wicket win for NBK. Manoj Mishra took 3-26 & Nadeem captured 2-21 for KIB. Imran of NBK who bowled well to capture 4 wickets was declared Player of the match.


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