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Atlas Foundation, Elite Club post wins in Bukhatir Premier League


Atlas Foundation’s Salim Qadoos (centre) receives man of the match trophy from the officials. Supplied photo

Man of the match Salim Qudoos was outstanding with the ball (5 for 51) and Qamar Abbas Awan was devastating with the bat (96 runs in 58 balls) as Atlas Foundation trounced Global Contracting LLC by seven wickets in the 45th Bukhatir Premier League match on Monday.

Global won the toss and elected to bat. Adnan Ul Mulk was off the blocks in a hurry hitting fours and sixes. He and Shahzad Ilyas put on 23 runs for the first wicket but Shahzad’s contribution was only 4 before he fell to Mukhtar Ahmed.

Adnan and Rehan Ul Haq steadied the innings a bit with a 55 run partnership. The duo were looking good until Rehan was run out for 33 and that triggered a mini collapse of sorts.

Rehman Gul (16), Faisal Nasir (25), Bhavesh Patel (12) and Ahsan Abbas (24 not out) gave Adnan some company before the rest just crumbled.

Adnan tried holding one end but on 66 became one of five victims for Qudoos.

Chasing 198 to win opener Anjum Naveed gave Atlas a brisk start as he raced to 28 from 20 balls with four fours and a six before he departed.

Awan and Wajid Mehmood capitalised on that and took the score to 139 for 2 in 16.4 overs.

Wajid played a patient 34 but there was no looking back for Awan whose 96 came off only 58 balls and it was studded with nine hits to the fence and six over it. Unfortunately Awan could not take his team home but Shahbaz Rashed and Tariq Mehmood (both 10 not out) did the needul as they saw Atlas home in 22.3 overs.

To make their task easier Global bowlers sent down 22 wides. In another match, a crucial 116 run partnership between Salman Babar and Yassir Kaleem resulted in Elite Cricket Club’s emphatic six wicket win over New Medical Centre.

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Pogacar said “It was extremely hot today, so for me on a climb like that in those temperatures it was a really good ride and I’m pleased.

“There is still three stages with another big mountain stage and the chance of crosswinds tomorrow so it’s not over yet. We have a strong team here so will try something for sure.”

Pogacar will get another chance to claim back the one minute GC deficit as the fifth stage of the Tour finishes at the same Jebel Hafeet summit.

Pogacar will wear the white young rider’s jersey in Wednesday’s stage as the race sees the riders return to the flats which will come as welcome relief for the sprinters.

The Emirates NBD Stage starts from Zabeel Park, crosses Mushrif Park and Motor City before finishing at Dubai City Walk where the popular walkway has been transformed as part of the racing route.

British climber Yates pulverised the opposition on the tough, final ascent of stage, winning by over a minute and taking the overall race lead.

His compatriot Chris Froome was dropped early in the race.

The four-time Tour de France winner again struggled on his comeback from injuries sustained last May.

The 27-year-old Yates is also making his 2020 debut and looks favourite to win in a competitive field after his stunning attack from 6km out at the end of a warm day with temperatures passing 30C.

“I attacked maybe a little too early, but in the end I felt good,” said Yates, whose win gives him a 1min 07sec lead in the overall.

“A minute is a lot, but we have to do this climb again, and maybe my legs won’t be so good then,” Yates said in reference to stage five.

“Also tomorrow I heard a rumour there are going to be crosswinds, so we’ll see.”

Yates was followed up the final 10.6km Jebell Hafeet climb at a 7 per cent gradient by a trio of challengers with Slovenian prodigy Pogacar finishing 1min 03sec adrift.

Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko was third at 1min 30sec accompanied by up-and-coming Frenchman David Gaudu.

Yates came fourth at the 2016 Tour de France and is targeting the Grand Boucle this summer where he will lead the Australian team ahead of his brother Simon.

Wednesday’s flat stage, the fourth of seven, is a 173km run to Dubai City Walk where a mass bunch sprint is expected.

Stage 3 Results

1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 4h42’34”

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:03

3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:30

General Classification Results

1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 12h30’02”

2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:07

3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:35

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