UBL meet NMC in Gulf Technical T20 Trophy final.

Published on May 28, 2016

Syed Maqsood blasted 121 from 49 balls to lead United Bank Limited to a comfortable 99-run win over Lions and a passage to the Gulf Technical Twenty20 Trophy final.

The bankers, taking first lease of the wicket, had a shaky start. They lost Rohan Mustafa (1), the UAE international, to a run out in the third ball, and his national team teammate Mohammed Shahzad (11) at 52.

That was the only joy the Lions experienced as Maqsood and Dawood Ijaz went on the rampage with a 127-run stand in 59 balls for the third wicket to put UBL in the driver s seat.

Maqsood smashed 13 fours and eight sixes and Ijaz s 42-ball knock 73 not out was studded with eight fours and three sixes. Lions could muster only 144 for seven in reply.

In the other semi-final at the adjoining ADCC Oval, Mohammed Boota s century for Royal Gymkhana went in vain as New Medical Centre made a successful chase to win by three wickets and an over to spare.

Hafiz Ilyas smashed 55 from 33 balls to revive NMC s run chase after they lost both openers Fayyaz Ahmed (7) and Saqib Ali (2) for 17 on the board in the second over.

There were some useful contributions from the lower order, particularly from Shahbaz Ahmed (25 off 18 balls), Abid Ali (31 off 16), Alam Gir (29 off 12), and Sandeep Shetty (run-a- ball 15 not out).

Earlier, Boota struck 102 not out for Royal Gymkhana to post 184 for five. His 57- ball knock consisted of 11 boundaries and half-a- dozen hits to the maximum.

Scores in brief:

United Bank Limited 243 for 3 in 20 overs (Syed Maqsood 121, Dawood Ijaz 73 not out) bt Lions 144 for 7 in 20 overs (Hafiz Afridi 2-20).

New Medical Centre 188 for 7 in 19 overs (Hafiz Ilyas 55, Abid Ali 31, Usman Butt 2-21) bt Royal Gymkhana 184 for 5 in 20 overs (Mohammed Boota 102 not out, Mohammed Tanzil 2-9).

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