Gemini Arabians have scored their second and gets two out of two. It was another smooth sail for the Arabians. Leo Lions were never in the game as they couldn’t pull up a decent score against the Arabians batting first. Arabians who have one of the strongest batting units reached the target with much ease.
Leo Lions won the toss earlier in the day and went out to bat first. The Dubai wicket once again looked good, but once again as we have seen in the earlier matches the batsmen struggled to bat and score runs for some really unknown reasons.
Marshall once again looked good, but once he reached double-figure he got himself run out just like he did in the first game. Petersen came in as an opener this time and was cleaned up by Mills for just 6 runs. Marshall made 16 before getting run out. Taylor hit a sparkling 23 but then he too perished, Muralitharan got him trapped leg before wicket.
Muralitharan showed his magic today, taking down Taylor, Gibbs and Lara within no time and rattled the Lions at 57 for 5. Arabians were on the move once again. The reasonable batting came down the order from the Lions as Franklin and Styris both hit 30s.
Franklin (35) and Styris (32) managed just one boundary. But still their partnership gave the Lions some stability in the batting and helped them cross hundred runs mark. Muralitharan picked up Franklin as his fourth victim and later the Lions ended up on just 132.
The chase for Arabians was not a welcoming one. Sehwag and Levi hit a couple of boundaries before Sehwag was cleaned up Petersen after making 12. Sehwag gave himself too much room on the leg side and Petersen exploit it neatly. Levi hit a big shot, but straight to Marshall on the leg side off Powar.
Arabians were 28 for 2 when Sangakkara and Hodge walked it and the duo showed some experience batting methodology for the youngsters. The pitch was acting much sluggish hence, there were not many fireworks seen from the Arabians batsmen Sangakkara and Hodge. Instead, the pair kept on taking singles and doubles exploring the gaps in Dubai sports stadium.
After the two settled in, Hodge pedaled up the accelerator and hit some massive shots at the end of the innings. Hodge (65) hit 5 fours and 2 sixes facing 43 balls. Sangakkara stayed silent for his 41 off 41 though the crowd expected a lot of fireworks from him just like he did in the first game. Arabians won the game by 8 wickets.
Arabians now are on the top of the table after winning both their games. Muralitharan was presented with the man of the match award from the Arabians.
(Hodge 65*, Sangakkara 41*, Powar 1-14) beat
(Franklin 35, Styris 32, Muralitharan 4-19) by 8 wickets.