MCL 2016: Capricorn Commanders 146/5 (20.0 Ovs) beat Sagittarius Strikers 143/6 (20.0 Ovs) by 3 runs
Pakistan’s Abdul Razzak is back in competitive cricket with an absolute bang. The hard-hitting all-rounder has silenced his critics this time with a wonderful all-round performance that snatched a highly thrilling win for the Capricorn Commanders against the Sagittarius Srikers.
All three results were possible with how things transpired towards the end of this thrilling Capricorn Commanders vs Sagittarius Strikers game. For the most part of the Strikers’ chase, they looked to cruise to what was a moderate total by the commanders. But Paul Collingwood’s super captaincy as well as his sheer faith in former Pakistan star Abdul Razzak paid off as a superb spell at the end gave their side a remarkable 3 run triumph.
It was an all-round Pakistan show that took the Commanders over the line in this thrilling encounter. In the first innings, former greens International batsman Saleem Elahi made the highest score among his team (43), which included a six and 2 boundaries. Then Abdul Razzak came on and thanks took us all down to memory lane, with hints of the Razzak of old. The explosive veteran smashed 35 off 25 deliveries, which included 2 sixes and 2 fours to stretch his side to a competitive total of 146. The pitch was not the easiest to bat on, and Paul Collingwood’s men headed into the second half of the game with the greater share of momentum.
Adam Gilchrist was back in form, and despite the early loss of their star opener Mahela Jayawardene, the Strikers were absolutely cruising towards what initially seemed like a competitive total. But former Pakistan Test player Yasir Hameed and Australian multitime World Cup Winner Adam Gilchrist built a classy partnership of 69 runs to do half the job for their team.
After Hameed’s departure, Jonathan Trott put in a handy little cameo with Adam Gilchrist, but when the former was sent back to the pavilion, a middle order collapse by the Strikers turned the gameon its head.
They were 105-2 and 2 overs later, the Strikers were 5 down for 110. Yasir Arafat played well and hanged on till the end, before the strikers needed 8 off the last over. The crowd roared and cheered when Paul Collingwood gave the ball to a former hero. Abdul Razzak was given the role to save his side, and boy did he play it well. Razzak conceded just 5 runs to leave the Strikers 3 short of their target, handing his Capricorn Commanders side their first win of the campaign.
Thanks to their superior net run rate, Adam Gilchrist’s men are still above the Commanders in the league table, though they have some homework to do following their demoralizing first loss.