Zabeel's players celebrate after their victory.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Zabeel Mammoths made the 16th edition of the League of Mammoths a sweet and memorable one for themselves after they ended Banke’s unbeaten 10-match winning run to clinch the final by four wickets.
Man of the match Vinan Nair and Prajakat Chouhan played stellar roles in Zabeel’s emphatic win at the 7s ground.
The double round-robin tournament, which started in 2015 under the aegis of the Dubai Cricket Council (DCC), is being organised by Dubai Mammoths CC.
Banke were favourites to lift the Cup after they had bulldozed their opponents en route to the final.
The toss too went in Banke’s favor but they didn’t get the start they were looking for from their top-order batsmen.
Only Harvinder Singh (51 from 47 balls, 8x4) and Naveen Kumar Gorthy (61 from 33 balls, 6x4, 2x6), who was adjudged best batsman of the tournament, put up a brave fight to give Banke a decent total of 177 from 25 overs.
In reply, Zabeel were off to a nightmarish start when both their openers Sangit Gopinath and Rohan Begeria returned to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.
Ranjeet Chavan came to the rescue and in Adnan Nalwala’s company constructed a decent partnership until Adnan (28) had to leave the field after retiring hurt.
Prajakat Chouhan gave Ranjeet good company. Together they took Zabeel closer to the target until the latter departed after scoring an invaluable 59.
Banke had a sniff of a comeback when Chouhan (33) too departed but Vinan Nair completed the formalities with a strokeful unbeaten 33 from 17 balls to help Zabeel win the final in 23.2 overs.
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