#NSL360: Aravinda de Silva has message of support for cricket finalists

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Aravinda de Silva is the only player to make a ton & take 3 wickets in a World cup final.

The UAE’s premier school’s cricket competition has reached its conclusion with the final taking place at The Sevens on Friday.

Abu Dhabi Indian School have a chance for redemption after being bowled out for 47 in their 66-run loss to DPS Sharjah in last year’s championship decider.

Captain Jonathan Figy, with three centuries already, will be hoping to add to his tally as well as replicate his form with the ball, having taken three wickets during their 63-run victory over IHS Knights in the last-four.


Standing in their way are similarly unbeaten Our Own Zenith, who come into the game on the back of a thrilling four-run victory over Modern Heros.








Sri Lanka legend Avarvinda de Silva wishes both teams luck in the showpiece event.




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ADIS dreaming of putting to bed NSL demons

Denzil Pinto 27/01/2016
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The capital outfit endured a torrid time at the crease in last season’s championship decider after being bowled out for 47 in their 66-run loss to DPS Sharjah.

Dey’s side will have another chance for redemption when they meet Our Own Zenith on Friday as both teams travel to The Sevens with 100-per-cent win records.

With some encouraging performances this campaign, Dey hopes his players can go one step further.

“The team I have now is better but I want them to forget about last year’s defeat and concentrate on Friday,” he said. “It was a painful defeat but that’s part of the game.”

Captain Jonathan Figy, with three centuries already, will be hoping to add to his tally as well as replicate his form with the ball, having taken three wickets during their 63-run victory over IHS Knights in the last-four.

Dey, however, insists they are a not a one-man show. “Figy is an important player but we have strong players that I can count on,” he added.

Our Own Zenith come into the game on the back of a thrilling four-run victory over Modern Heros. And coach Fostus Xavier says his boys will carry that confidence into the final against ADIS.

“The energy level during training has been good,” he said.

“They are stepping up and the confidence is high now but they are not over confident.”Xavier agreed Figy is one player Our Own will need to remove early but has backed his “strong bowlers” to come up with the goods.

He said: “All of my bowlers have been playing extremely well and I’m confident we can win. We don’t want Figy to score many runs so we’ll have a strategy to stop him and the team.”

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Modern Heros hope luck is on their side in NSL final

Denzil Pinto 27/01/2016
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Both sides travel to The Sevens on Friday with a perfect record and the players will be full of confidence especially after big margin victories in the semi-finals.

Having steered Heros to last season’s title, Ahmed is fully aware what is required to succeed again. But the coach knows it will be much harder this time round, given the threat posed by DPS Sharjah.

“I will not put any pressure on my boys and we will treat this as a normal match,” he said.

“We must not think that this is a final match. We need to play our game and play better than, it’s as simple as that. “But it’s a big final and we’ll respect to DPS Sharjah. They are good side who’ve been playing extremely well and we have played them before (in inter-school tournaments) so we will try to put pressure on them. But it’s important we have luck in this game because we know it will not be easy.”

At his disposal is opener Ronak Panoly, second highest run-scorer with 194 runs, and all-rounder Sidharth Tugnait, who has nine wickets already.

And Ahmed is hoping the pair can make a valuable contribution.

“Ronak and Sidharth are very important and hope they can play a big part. Even if they don’t we have other dangerous players who can do well.”

Meanwhile, DPS Sharjah coach Ayub Iqbal has described the championship decider as his side’s “biggest test” but believes they are more than capable of getting their hands on the trophy.

They will be banking on their bowlers especially after Aditya Manglani (14 wickets), Rishabh Mathur (11), Agni Bala (nine) occupy the top-six spots in the standings.

But while he’s been pleased they’ve excelled in the tournament in their first season in this age group, he wants more from his team.

“I watched Modern Heros semi-final and we will work accordingly to their strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “Our bowling unit is good and we’ll try to restrict them but we know how talented they are. It’s not going to be easy.”

“I still want to see them improve and cut out the errors as I feel they can achieve good things. I’d really like our batsmen to step up and put a good total because that will put pressure on Modern Heros.”

He added: “Without doubt, it’s our biggest test so far and our target is to win the final. But most importantly I want them to enjoy the occasion and play to the best of their abilities.”

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