Fanatics off to a smashing start in League
Dubai: Fanatics provided a brilliant start to the Emerging League at The Sevens, smashing 274 for three from their 20 overs in the opening game.
XI On Top were on the receiving end of some dominant batting as the Dubai Cricket Council-organised tournament got under way.
After winning the toss, Fanatics opener Krishna Chandran bludgeoned 145 from 67 balls with five sixes and 14 fours. Chandran got good support from partner Ajit Somsekhar, who hit 84 runs off 38 deliveries, as the openers put on 200 runs in 15 overs for the first wicket.
Needing nearly 14 an over, XI On Top got off to a good start with Vijesh Babu (33) and Mahesh Shetty (22), but the rest of their batsmen could not keep up with a demanding rate.
Though Rajesh Kottakalathil top scored with 43 runs, Chandran sparkled with the ball to take two wickets, backed by Somsekhar with a three- wicket spell, as XI On Top were bowled out for 150 in 16.5 overs.
Meanwhile, in the Inter District Cricket League being held at Zabeel Park, Kozhikode Kats extended their unbeaten run with a seven-wicket win over Idukki Indians.
Idukki were restricted to 130 in the allotted 20 overs, with Kozhikode reaching the target in the 15th over. Shehzad of Kozhikode won the man of the match for his quick 53.
Emerging League: Fanatics bt XI on Top by 124 runs. Fanatics 274 for 3 in 20 overs (Krishna Chandran 145, Ajit Somsekhar 84, Adil Shaikh 3 for 52) XI on Top 150 in 16.5 overs (Vijesh Babu 33, Mahesh Shetty 22,
Rajesh Kottakalathil 43, Vaidyanath Parmeshwaran 2 for 33, Ajith
Somsekhar 3 for 34, Raghunath Raman 3 for 13, Krishna Chandran 2 for 8).
Inter District League: Kozhikode Kats bt Idukki Indians by 7 wickets Idukki Indians 130 for 7 in 20 overs (Ajith 52n.o, Riyas 2 for 25, Vijesh 3 for 25) Kozhikode Kats 132 for 3 in 14.5 overs (Shehzad 53, Shajil 26n.o, Vaidy 2 for 25).