Muscat finally rises as Air India crashes

KR Muscat CCs run may have been rather off colour this tournament and their campaign as good as over, but they ensured they will not go home empty handed when they finally came to terms and pulled their socks to drub Air India by 10 wickets on Friday in the ongoing CSS Homeward Bound Trophy for the XVI Sharjah Ramadan Floodlit cricket tournament A Division, conducted by the Sharjah Cricket Council.

The event is co sponsored by Khaleej Times. AJ Sports International and Rainbow Steak House.

Continuing to struggle at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Air India for the third time in the row failed to create any impression. The visitors from Oman though taught them a few lessons on how to acclimatize to testing conditions.

It was Rohan Bane (3 for 8) who dragged the initiative away from Air India with an inspirational spell that had all the ingredients of a match-winning analysis. His bowling proved too hot to handle as he ripped apart the batting along with Hemal Mehta (2 for 14) to seal the fate of the match.

Under the unprecedented and furious onslaught, Air India dug their own grave when they made a hash of it by capsizing like a pack of cards. Only three of their batsmen; Abbas (19), Hyder (11) and Piyush (13) battled hard to reach double figures as Air India crashed to be bowled out for a disappointing 84 in 27.5 overs.

Set to gobble down a minimal requirement of 85, Muscat CC replied at a bullet-train speed with their openers, Hemin Desai and Deep putting the bowling to the sword to ensure a cakewalk triumph.

Hemin hammered a hurricane unbeaten 42 off 50 balls while Deep dispatched 33 runs off 48 balls from his cudgel as the duo clouted the attack to all corners that helped their team race to the target in mere 16.2 overs.

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Saturday, November 15, 2003.
source : UAEcricket.com.

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