Dolphins bagged the home game comprehensively by outclassing Indo-Pak. The home team put up a mammoth total of 230 on the board at the end of their allotted 40 overs courtesy a brilliant hundred of Raheel Khan who smack the ball all over the park with class and elegance setting up the tone for the games ahead. Raheel and Fayaz set the solid foundation for the Dolphin’s inning with an opening partnership of 78/18 overs. The show is took over by Amit with his sneaky knock of 50+ featuring some text book shots – a treat to watch.
Dolphin’s pace battery lead by Syed Abdullah Abbas and Umair Ali intimidated the opponent with their line and length and gave hardly anything away. If its not for the wide balls, Indo-Pak hasn’t had much for scoreboard to offer. Ridey’s a high up in the air and a blinder at the short third man gave Dolphins early breakthroughs via Umair’s targeted short length and swinging deliveries. Ridey’s tight bowling at first change further add to the miseries of batsmen followed by Spinners who tighten the proceedings with some nice mix of flighted and tempting off and leg cutters. Mazhar Jaffri and Sajid Muhammad claim 3 and 2 wickets respectively while Sabeeh Ul Haq at times unplayable for the batsmen remained unlucky. Indo-Pak dugout remained in pin-drop silent until Mazhar throw the Ball towards Shazray Haroon with a victory in sight. Indo-Pak cherishes their shortly lived moments in the match thru an aggressive batting of a tail ender before Shazray Haroon cleaned him up in the same over. At the end, it was an easy win for Dolphin with an excellent display of batting, bowling and fielding in general though controlling wides and some extra effort in the ground fielding and catching still remained the areas to improve.
Special thanks to Huzaifa Shahid and Moiz Arshad for ensuring their availability on a short notice and Congratulations to Sajid Muhammad for his TDCA debut, he doesn’t get much to bat but made his first appearance noticeable with his off spins and a diving catch at short third man.