On a sunny day in King City, field did not recover from last weekend’s and played on slow side all day long. Dolphins playing their first premier game in club’s history, opted to bat first. Dolphins started with new opening pair for season, Inder Grewal and Sagar Chatha. Pair gave a solid start of 54 in 10 overs before Indy, fell off 17. Sagar stay did not last long either and Dolphins glimpsed a collapse when second down batsman, Waheed Raza fell cheaply as well. One down, Ubair Faisihi started consolidating the innings with Daniyal Abrar, who was making his come back to cricket after two season. Pair added 40 before Ubair was run out. Daniyal was joined by Sher Khan at his new position. Both have been with the club for long time and gelled right away, they added 50 runs for 5th wicket before Sher fell off playing a fancy cut shot. With score only 130 and 6 wickets down. Lakhbeer Singh and Daniyal Abrar, started to up the tempo to get to 200 before any other collapse occurs. Pair batted for 18 overs and slammed 124 for 6th wicket. Daniyal got out for 98 while Lakhbeer scored 51. Innings was closed off beautifully by debutant Husnain Riaz with help of Bilal Asif. Dolphins scored their first 300 plus target in TDCA.
Due to slow over rate opposition was penalized with 18 runs and were set a target of 322 in 50 overs.
CCC, showed their intentions from get go but wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Bilal Asif and Husnain Riaz, paired with new ball as well and had the opposition under control after couple of expensive overs. Lakhbeer, was brought in to slow down the run rate to allow spinners to come in play sooner than opposition would liked. Premier debutant Fawaz Alaziz remained wicketless but bowled exceptionally well. After drinks break Bilal Asif, was brought back in attack get a break through. He provided two wickets in his 3 overs before he was given break for rest of the day. Waheed Raza and Inder Grewal finished off the lower middle and tail in their 9 overs partnership.
CCC was all out for 140 runs. Inder Grewal picked 4. Bilal, Lakhbeer and Waheed also checked off the wickets column, while Fawaz and skipper Adeel remained wicket less. Overall a good for Dolphins.