ABU DHABI: Wings XI from Dubai got the better of Nissan Al Masaood by 26 runs to win the United Bank Limited (UBL) Twenty20 Cup at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.
Batting first, Wings XI got off to a bad start as Asif Butt picked up two early wickets of Ashraf Ahmed (11) and Sajjad Khawar (9) to place them at some discomfort with only 21 on the board. Third bat captain Shaiman Butt tried to revive the score and made 21 runs before being bowled by Arshad Iqbal. Then they lost two more quick wickets and six down Riffat Ullah took up the challenge and top scored with 39 off 27 balls which included five fours.
Tail-ender Waseem Ashraf remained unbeaten making a quick 20 off seven balls with included three fours and one six, to set a victory target of 156.
In reply, Al Masaood’s top-order clicked and took the score to 87 for three in 10 overs with Rizvan Amanat (24), Inam Farid (20) and Mohammed Usman (27 with three fours and one six) being the run-getters. But none of their other batsmen were able to offer any resistance in the face of some fine bowling spearheaded by Waseem Ashraf and were dismissed for 129 in 16.4 overs. Riffat Ullah (3-17) hastened the end while Butt (2-25) and Ashraf (4 for 28) caused the early damage.
All-rounder Ashraf who played a stellar role by first scoring a valuable unbeaten 20 runs and then taking four wickets, was named the man of the final.
UBL’s Amjad Ali (255 runs including a century) and Ahmed Raza (13 wickets for 13 runs) received the best batman’s and best bowler’s award respectively whereas Rohan Mustafa of Al Masaood (177 runs and 7 for 84) was presented with the man of the match award.
Asad Burney, general manager of UBL along with David East, CEO of Emirates Cricket Board gave away the trophies in the presence of Wajahat Hussain, president of Abu Dhabi Cricket Council and Inam-ul-Haq, general secretary of the Council.
“I do appreciate your passion and love of the game here and I am very happy to say that the spirit of the game is maintained in all the tournaments played here,” said East.