Akhtar shines as Atlas Foundation beat OMA Emirates in Bukhatir League - GulfToday

Akhtar shines as Atlas Foundation beat OMA Emirates in Bukhatir League

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Atlas Foundation’s Waseem Akhtar poses with his Man of the match trophy.

Atlas Foundation bowlers excelled in their win over OMA Emirates in the 45thBukhatir Premier League 2019 match played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

Man of the match Waseem Akhtar finished with four wickets while Qamar Abbas Awan took three and Tariq Mehmood two.

OMA won the toss but Awan was the first to strike when he got rid of Taimoor Ali for 6 before Neeraj Sharma and Prince Panu steadied the innings with a 32 run partnership.

But Awan struck again to remove Panu for 24 and Mehmood sent Sharma back for 25. Before OMA could gather their act together Akhtar trapped Balwinder Singh (1) and clean bowled Ashish Sharma (0) to have OMA reeling on 78 for 5.

Muhammad Amjad Gujjar and Umar Doger revived OMA with 43 runs. Gujjar scored 38 from 56 balls with a six and three fours before he too fell to Akhtar plumb in front of the wicket.

Doger carried on but was running out of partners. His was the ninth wicket to fall but his 58 (64 balls, 3x6 3x4) helped OMA reach 188.

In reply Atlas lost Qamar Awan (3) and Anjum Naveed (26) early both batsmen fell to Glenn Fernandes.

Babar Hussain (26) and Abdul Rehman added 70 runs and that lifted Atlas hopes. Glenn struck again by removing Hussain for his third wicket but Rehman (67) and Shahbaz Rasheed (31) took their team closer to victory before Sulfikar Salim sent both back to the pavilion. Waseem who had done well with the ball came good with the bat too for his 12 runs as Atlas won in 42.1 overs.

Brief scores: Atlas Foundation beat OMA Emirates by 4 wickets; OMA Emirates 188 all out in 41.2 overs (Umar Doger 58, Muhammad Amjad Gujjar 38, Neeraj Sharma 25, Prince Panu 24; Waseem Akhtar 4-26, Qamar Abbas Awan 3-39, Tariq Mehmood 2-43) Atlas Foundation 194 for 6 in 42.1 overs (Abdul Rehman 67, Shahbaz Rasheed 31, Anjum Naveed 26, Babar Hussain 26; Glenn Fernandes 3-54, Sulfikar Salim 2-28). Man of the match: Waseem Akhtar

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