ACA To Battle Challenger For Asia Tribune T20 Crown

 

On a damp Saturday after at Marine Park, Brooklyn Asia Tribune T20 entered its third day with semifinal action. In game one, Challengers recovered from their narrow victory over Warriors to post 140 for 4 against Panthers. Usman Choudary lead the way with 43 and Trinson Caramichael contributed 25. Panthers needed to score at just above seven an over to advance, self-imploded. Panthers faulted to 102 all out to lose by 38 runs. Usman and Haider picked up two wickets each.

 

With Challengers on to Sunday’s Finale, it was left to Punjab and Americas Cricket Academy to duel for the remaining berth. ACA won the toss and inserted their opponent. After a succulent first over, Punjab lost Omar caught Troy Mars of Dyon Ravello’s first delivery, 13/1. Bilal made up for the early lost, thumping a six over cover point. Michael Noble replaced Ravello, and he had an immediate impact, as Shazad was leg before, 27/1.Wickets fell at regular intervals with the dangerous Jahanzib Alam, falling run out. Bilal scored 19 before he was caught at the wicket by Ryan Sukhdeo of Stanislaus as Punjab slipped to 38/5 at the end of the eighth over.

 

Amsterdam picked up 3 wickets for 9 runs, and scored 31 to lead ACA to Asia Tribune T20 final

Amsterdam picked up 3 wickets for 9 runs, and scored 31 to lead ACA to Asia Tribune T20 final

Adnan Karim attempt to post a recovery effort but the saving cast failed to show in overcast conditions. Alex Amsterdam had Adnan stumped for 19 as he accounted for two more scalps to wrap up the tail. Prashant Nair maintained he consistency with two wickets of his own. Punjab 65 all in 15. overs, Michael Noble yet to concede a run from his two overs with a wicket. Bowling Analysis: Stanislaus 4-0-12-1, Noble 2-2-0-1, Andre Kirton 2-0-5-1, Amsterdam 3-0-9-3 and Nair 2.1-0-9-2 among the pick of the bowlers.

 

Set a paltry total, the lowest of the tournament to date, ACA seemed keen to make light work of the target. Wahab Munir had other ideas as he had Noble bowled after he had conceded a boundary, 7/1. Punjabs was pumped as Adnan Naseem breached the gates of Rafeek Nazeer, to leave the Academy in a spot of both at 11/2. Amsterdam joined is captain as he found the boundary signaling his intent. Adnan Naseem added to the drama as he trapped the ACA skipper, Stanislaus leg before 25/3. Amsterdam continued in the same vein as he pulled to the square leg boundary on his way to 31 (17) at strike rate of 182.35. Amsterdam looked to finish off the victory in style, but held out to long on off Rizwan Akram. Mars who had feature in a 30 run stand with Amsterdam, whipped Babar over long on to tie up the scores. Babar found some consolation as he had his man bowled for 12, 65/5. Sameet Khawaja struck the winning runs with a double to deep cover, as Kirton remained unbeaten on four. Americas Cricket Academy trotting into the Asia Tribune final with comfortable five-wicket victory. Amsterdam deservedly earned man of the match for his exploits with both bat and ball.

 

High noon on Sunday, April 14th ACA battle Challengers for the Asia Tribune T20 crown. For the Academy Noble is leading the way with 100 runs at a strike rate of 128.21. Stanislaus is in near pursuit with 84 runs at 105.00. Kirton is yet to be dismissed for his 51 runs at a rate of 182.14. In the bowling department Nair’s seven wickets positions him at the top of the table. Both Noble and Kirton have pouched five scalps each. Robinson and Amsterdam complete the lot with four and three wickets respectively. As for Challegners they will be banking on Usman, Haider, Carmichael, and Taimoor to lead them to the trophy

 

Batsman

Runs

Highest

Strike Rate

 
Michael Noble 100 78 128.21  
Sean Stanislaus 84 59 105.00  
Andre Kirton 51 47* 182.14  
Rafeek Nazeer 48 33 117.07  
         

Bowler

Wickets

Remarks

   
Prashant Nair 7      
Michael Noble 5 Most Economical    
Andre Kirton 5      
Greg Robinson 4 Best Bowling Figures    
         
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