Muscat: Passage to India registered a stunning 7-run win against A Division League Champions Muscat in a low-scoring game. The Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Intermediate Cup T20 tournament was played at the MOS Turf Grounds at Al Amerat.
Opting to bat, Passage to India was restricted to 135 for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of its quota of 20 overs, with a top score of 34 from Shadab Khan. The only other batsmen to make any noteworthy contributions were openers Kalpesh Patel, 24, and Mohammed Saeed, 23. Wilson Burboz and Ganesh Narsumaiyya picked up 2 wickets each, conceding 11 and 23 runs, respectively.
With a required run-rate of fewer than seven runs per over, Muscat was comfortably placed at 60 for the loss of 1 wicket off 8.2 overs, thanks to a second-wicket partnership of 56 runs between skipper Vaibhav Wategaonkar, 26, and opening batsman Vamshi Ram, 22.
With the exit of the duo in quick succession, wickets tumbled, and Muscat could only manage 128 for the loss of 8 wickets, with none of the other batsmen staying long enough to help it reach its target. The bowling honours were shared by Syed Amir Ali, 2 for 9 off 3 overs; Bilal Khan, 2 for 20 off 4 overs; and Syed Aamir Kaleem, 2 for 26 off 4 overs.
Brief scores: Passage to India – 135 for the loss of 8 wickets off 20 overs (Shadab Khan 34, Kalpesh Patel 24, and Mohammed Saeed 23; Wilson Burboz 2/11 and Ganesh Narsumaiyya 2/23) defeated Muscat CT – 128 for the loss of 8 wickets off 20 overs (Vaibhav Wategaonkar 26 and Vamshi Ram 22; Syed Amir Ali 2/9, Bilal Khan 2/20, and Syed Aamir Kaleem 2/26).
Passage to India will meet the winners of the match between Al Turki NMC and Times of Oman, in the second semi-final on Friday, at the MOS Turf grounds at Al Amerat.
Muscat Duty Free (MDF), recently crowned D Division champions, toppled B Division league champions OCT Muscat A by a margin of 23 runs in a Khimji Ramdas-sponsored Intermediate Cup T20 Knockout quarterfinal match played at Ministry Ground No. 1 at Al Amerat.
Deciding to bat, MDF was restricted to 156 for the loss of 9 wickets at the end of its quota of 20 overs, with a top score of 59 from opening batsman Salim Shaikh. The bowlers amongst the wickets were Shuaib Ismail, 3 for 22, and Rafeeq Mohammed, 2 for 15, off 4 overs each, as well as Mohammed Ali, 2 for 5 off 1 over.
Set a target of 157 for a win and a place in the semifinals, OCT Muscat A lost wickets at regular intervals and was bowled out for 133 off 19.5 overs, with opening batsman Rafeeq Mohammed top scoring at 27.
The bowlers to cause the damage were Sushanth Salian, 2 for 3 off 1 over, and Imran Sardar, 2 for 25; Praveen Salian, 2 for 30; and Mohan Mudara, 2 for 32, off 4 overs each.
Brief scores: MDF – 156 for the loss of 9 wickets off 20 overs (Salim Shaikh 59; Shuaib Ismail 3/22, Mohammed Ali 2/5, and Rafeeq Mohammed 2/15) beat OCT Muscat A – 133 All Out off 19.5 overs (Rafeeq Mohammed 27; Sushanth Salian 2/3, Imran Sardar 2/25, Praveen Salian 2/30, and Mohan Mudara 2/32).