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Zone-II, Zone-V reach final

Zone-II, Zone-V reach final

KARACHI: Zone-II will clash with Zone-V in the final of the K-Electric Under-19 Colour-kit Cricket Tourn­a­ment after scoring contrasting semi-final victories here on Monday.

Zone-II survived close call before defeating Zone-VI by only three runs at the TMC Ground.

Batting first, Zone-II were all out for 169 in 30 overs with Aashir Ahmed scoring 54 off 59 balls with four boundaries. Rohaib Ahmed claimed five wickets for 30 runs.

Zone-VI, in reply, finished at 166 all out in 30 overs. Faizan Khan struck two fours and one six in making 39.

In the second semi-final at the Landhi Gymkhana Ground, an unbroken partnership of 133 between Salman Khan and Arsalan Bashir steered Zone-V to a crushing nine-wicket victory over Zone-I.

Chasing 142, Zone-V raced to 143-1 in just 19.3 overs. Salman hit 63 from 61 deliveries with the aid of seven fours and a brace of sixes, while Arsalan hammered 56 that included eight boundaries and one six.

Earlier, Zone-I were restricted to 141-8 in the allotted 30 overs.

Summarised scores:

Zone-II beat Zone-VI by three runs at TMC Ground.

ZONE-II 169 in 30 overs (Aashir Ahmed 54, Mohammad Asad 25, Ali Shah 25, Mohammad Ali 16; Rohaib Ahmed 5-30, Fahaddis Bukhari 2-22); ZONE-VI 166 in 30 overs (Faizan Khan 39, Fahaddis Bukhari 27; Kahaf Patel 2-31, Mohammad Asad 2-31, Saeed Raza 2-35).

Zone-V beat Zone-I by nine wickets at Landhi Gymkhana Ground.

ZONE-I 141-8 in 30 overs (Osama Butt 34, Babar Khan 32 not out, Shiraz Malik 18, Sami Khan Afridi 16; Eman Ahmed 2-20, Shahid Khan 2-33); ZONE-V 143-1 in 19.3 overs (Salman Khan 63 not out, Arsalan Bashir 56 not out).

Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2015

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