UAE’s Shaiman Anwar scored 16 as his Edmonton Royals team was knocked out of the Canada Global T20 League on Thursday night in their Eliminator loss to Winnipeg Hawks.
Having finished fourth in the standings with two wins from six, Royals entered the Eliminator fixture against Hawks who sat above them in third place.
After being overlooked in the start of the tournament, Anwar became a consistent member of a squad that boasts the likes of former New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi, ex-Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and and South Africa’s Wayne Parnell.
Coming in at number six, the 38-year-old Anwar made an instant impact, hitting two sixes in his 11-ball stay.
That saw Royals reach an imposing total of 183-9 in their 20 overs. It seemed like they would be booking their place in Qualifer 2 but half-centuries from Australia’s David Warner (55) and Ben McDermott (65no) saw Hawks sneak through by seven wickets with one ball to spare.
Hawks will now play Vancouver Knights in the Qualifier 2, with the winner facing West Indies B in the final.
Anwar, skipper Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Naveed and Ahmed Raza were the four UAE internationals to be drafted into the inaugural competition. Raza played one game for Royals, while Naveed took two wickets in three games for Toronto Nationals, who finished bottom of the group.
After facing each other in the T20 tri-series, Zimbabwe and Pakistan turn their focus to the 50-over format.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s side go into the five-match series as strong favourites with a number of key Zimbabwe players missing due to a dispute with their cricket board. Pakistan will be aiming to register their first ODI win in 2018.
Pakistan are in control of the game with Imam-ul-Haq scoring his second ODI century. The nephew of Pakistan legend Inzamam Ul-Haq has been in sensational form with the bat. The 22-year-old scored 11 fours in his 134 deliveries before being dismissed by Blessing Muzarabani for 128.
Before that, Fakhar Zaman picked up where he left off to score 60 runs while debutant Asif Ali hit contributed with 46 runs as Pakistan reached 308-7 in their 50 overs.
In their chase, Zimbabwe are four wickets down with just 53 runs to their name. Usman Khan removed captain Hamilton Masakadza (7) and Brian Chari (2) in the first three overs.
Pakistan bowlers then took control with Shadab Khan taking three wickets and Faheem Ashraf added another. With 15 overs to go, Pakistan wrapped up the game with the final two wickets to seal a 201-run win. Shadab took his total to four while Mohammad Amir claimed one as Zimbabwe were all out for 107.
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Shoun Roger delivered with the bat and ball to guide Ajman Nawabs to a thrilling last-over win over Ajman Falcons in the Rising Star League.
Falcons under the leadership of Ali Mirza, decided to bat first given that he didn’t want his team to be fielding in the sweltering heat.
They lost Mohammed Faraaz and Mahith Fonseka early on in their run-chase but Mirza led by example to frustrate Nawabs’ bowlers.
He hit a solid 105 runs to help his side score 229-6 which also included a fine half-century from Ratan Choubesa. Zuhaib Zuhar was the standout bowler after taking three wickets in seven overs while Roger was equally impressive with two wickets from five overs.
With an imposing target of 230, it was always going to be a tough task and initially Nawabs got off to a poor start when Anwar Khan and Tanish Suri was dismissed.
Captain Alishan Sharafu then hit a quick-fire 38 from 25 deliveries but the star of the show was Roger who frustrated Falcons with a brilliant century.
The all-rounder scored 101 and by the time he was sent back to the pavilion, the score was 217-7. Ayan Khan contributed with 26 runs and was there right until the end when Mohammed Chowdhury hitting the winning single run with just two balls to go.