Shetty ton in vain as Phoenix Medicine edge past Danube Tigers

Vikranth Shetty with a superb Ton Vikranth Shetty with a superb Ton
A superb century by Vikranth Shetty went in vain as Phoenix Medicine secured
a close two-wicket victory over Danube Tigers in a Group A match of the 40th
Bukhatir League "A" Division Tournament in association with Interface
Transworld. The tournament is being organized by the Sharjah Cricket
Council.

With this win, Phoenix Medicine kept their winning record intact as they
more or less have made their way into the knock out stage.

Willingly opting to bat after the coin turned in their favour at the Sharjah
Cricket Stadium, Danube Tigers opener Asif Iqbal took off in style scoring
46 runs from 47 balls supported by three boundaries and two sixes.

After losing two of his partners Shahid Mohammad (12) and Imran Mohammad (1)
early, Iqbal shared a fine 40-run stand for the third wicket with skipper
Naeemuddin Aslam (38, 62b 3x4).

But it was the arrival of Shetty that changed the frame of the game as the
right-hander looked in stunning form.

Adopting a confident approach, he went on to score a brilliant century to
score 109 from 99 deliveries studded with eight hits to the fence and six
over it.

Naveed Haider spiced it up at the end of the innings scoring a quickfire 35
from 26 balls with the support of three boundaries and two sixes as Danube
Tigers reached a fine 279 for eight in 50 overs.

For Phoenix Medicine, Asif Mumtaz was the successful bowler claiming three
wickets while Rehan Atta bagged two.

In reply to a competitive target, Phoenix Medicine lost a wicket early while
the other opener Saif Janjua retired at 12.

At this stage Phoenix Medicine were in a dicey situation before Adil Mirza
and Khalid Lathif bailed the team out sharing a terrific 106 runs for the
second wicket.

While Mirza played a ball-a-run 44 supported by four boundaries and three
sixes, Lathif smashed a 56-ball 65 with seven fours and three maximums.

Mohammad Qassim further consolidated the innings but ensured he remained
till the end as Phoenix Medicine crossed the target in the final over.

Qassim scored an unbeaten 74 from 91 balls with only three boundaries while
Asif Mumtaz (18) and Pervaiz Nazir (17) supported him with small
contributions with Phoenix Medicine finshed at 280 for eight in 49.1 overs.

Danube Tigers bowler Ali Afzal had briefly given his team an edge when he
ran through the middle order claiming four wickets in his 10 overs.