Phoenix Medicines win Al Dhaid Ramadan Cup

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We are the champions: Phoenix Medicines

Hafiz Kaleem scored a quick-fire 93 as Phoenix Medicines thrashed Mir CC by 147 runs to win the Al Dhaid Ramadan Cup.

Put in to bat first, Phoenix Medicines made a fine start with Rohan Mustafa (25) and Kaleem adding 79 runs for the first wicket.

Kaleem was joined by M Wasim and the duo again put on 86 runs for the second wicket to put Phoenix Medicines in a great position.

While Wasim faced 38 balls to hammer 73 supported by six boundaries and five sixes,  Kaleem hit a 38-ball 93 including seven hits to the fence and nine over it.

Some small contributions from the middle order meant Phoenix Medicines posted a superb 263 for eight in 20 overs.

Chasing Mir CC found the going tough as Mir CC collapsed to 116 in 12.3 overs. Taswar Ali, Rohan Mustafa and Tahir Lateef all claimed two wickets each for the winners.

Other award winners:

Player Of The Final – Hafiz Kaleem,93 Runs

Best Batsman – Dawood Ejaz (Mir CC) 213 Runs

Best Bowler – Tahir Lateef, 10 wicket

Player Of The Tournament – Waqas Raja

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