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Keswani helps Ronins Challengers emerge winners at BS League

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Ronins Challengers skipper Amit Keswani receives the trophy from Gaurav Uppal, founder of BS League.

Riding high on skipper Amit Keswani unbeaten 75, Ronins Challengers defeated BS Thunder CC by seven wickets to win the final of BS League at the MCC in Ajman on Friday.

Keswani’s 75 off 42 balls was studded with seven boundaries and four towering sixes as Ronins Challengers chased down the winning target of 137 in 14.4 overs. Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, BS Thunder posted 136 for the loss of seven wickets from their allotted 20 overs.

Sukhjinder Singh (47), Vinayak (28) and Shawn (20) were their top scorers.

BS Thunder however, had a poor start as they lost two wickets with just eight runs on the board, but Shawn and Singh revived their innings courtesy a 27-run stand. Although Anand Mathew provided the breakthrough for Ronins, Singh stayed at the crease and was involved in another partnership with next man Vinayak. They both put up a 65-stand for the fourth wicket. After their departure, none of the BS Thunder batsmen managed to reach double figures. They finally posted 136. Ronins

In reply, Ronins Challengers’ were rocked early as they lost their openers early. Krishna Ronins returned to the pavilion after scoring just four runs. Sukhi also joined Ronins after hitting 17. However, Keswani’s unbeaten 75 and Kevin Gifford’s unbeaten 15 ensured Ronins Challengers clinch victory. Maninder Singh (14) was also among the runs. Keswani, who punished BS Thunder bowlers all over the ground, was named man of the match.

Ronins Challengers’ win in the final was sweet revenge for the loss BS Thunder inflicted on them in the league stages. Gaurav Uppal, founder of the BS League, gave away the prizes to the winners.


Awards:

Best Fielder: Krishna (Ronin Challengers)

Best Bowler: Kapil Dhatiwalia (Ronin Challengers)

Best Batsman: Sapandeep Singh (BS Thunder CC)

Player of the Tournament: Sapandeep Singh (BS Thunder CC)

Best Captain:  Shiv (Pitchers CC).

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That left Zimbabwe to score 17 runs which they got without any loss to end the match inside two days.

Afghanistan were bowled out for 131 in their first innings.

Lanky pacer Muzarabani finished with 2-14 -- six wickets in the match -- while his new ball partner Nyauchi took 3-30, also getting six in the match.

Afghanistan were facing an innings defeat at 81-7 but opener Ibrahim Zadran fought hard during his 76 -- his second half century -- and added 48 for the eighth wicket with Amir Hamza who remained 21 not out.

Zadran batted for three hours and hit ten boundaries.

This becomes Afghanistan’s third defeat in five Tests since gaining status to play the five-day format in 2017.

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Nyauchi then had Rahmat Shah (zero) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (four) while Muzarabani had Munir Ahmad (one) and rival skipper Asghar Afghan (14) to leave Zimbabwe rocking at 47-6.

Nyuaci’s previous best of 3-69 was on his debut against Sri Lanka at Harare last year.

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Williams completed his third Test century, and second in successive Tests, soon after lunch with a single to square leg.

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Williams had 10 boundaries while Chakabva smashed a six and six boundaries.

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Scoreboard

Afghanistan first innings 131

Zimbabwe 1st innings (overnight 133-5)

S Williams c Hashmatullah b Hamza 105

R Burl lbw b Zadran 8

R Chakabva c Malik b Zahir 44

D Tiripano c Zadran b Zahir 4

B Muzarabani not out 12

V Nyauchi b Hamza 0

Total: (overs 72; all out) 250

Bowling: Ahmadzai 17.1-2-48-1 (1w), Hamza 25-3-75-6, Zahir 19-0-81-2, Wasi 8.5-0-23-0 (1nb), Zadran 2-0-13-1,

Afghanistan 2nd innings

I Zadran c Chakabva b Tiripano 76

A Malik c Chakabva b Nyauchi 0

M Ahmad lbw b Muzarabani 1

R Shah lbw b Nyauchi 0

H Shahidi c Madhevere b Nyauchi 4

A Afghan b Muzarabani 14

A Wasi b Burl 9

A Hamza not out 21

Y Ahmadzai c Williams b Tiripano 0

Z Khan c Nyauchi b Tiripano 0

Total: (overs 45.3; all out) 135

Bowling: Muzarabani 8-4-14-2, Nyauchi 7-1-30-3 (5w), Williams 6-0-28-1, Tripinao 9.3-2-23-3, Burl 7-0-13-1, Raza 4-0-16-0, Madhevere 4-1-6-0

Zimbabwe 2nd innings

P Masvaure not out 5

K Kasuza not out 11

TOTAL (overs 3.2, for no loss) 17

Bowling: Hamza 2-0-11-0, Ahmadzai 1.2-0-5-0

Result: Zimbabwe win by ten wickets

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