Dubai Mammoths had a tour to remember after winning four of their six games in the UK.
Dubai Mammoths, also known as Sindhi Club, was led by Shiva Pagarani and tested themselves against English opposition on their week-long visit.
Ranjeet Chavan, Vijendra Rana, Navin Punjabi Jawed Siddiqui, Sadiq Saboowala, Sangit Gopinath, Mukesh Patel and Deepak Odhrani were among the standout players in their games against Hinckley CC, Luton Indians CC, Wavertree CC, Liverpool Select X and Leicester Seniors.
With Dubai Mammoths playing a lot of T20 cricket in the UAE, the matches in England provided a different challenge when it came to 35 and 40 overs cricket.
“Coming from this part of the world where the short formats are very famous, in the UK, we were playing games for 35 and 40 overs,” said Pagarani.
“We faced a lot of difficulty in the first couple of overs because our mindset is T20 cricket. We lost the first match because we lost a lot of early wickets. Ahead of the second match, I briefed the team in depth to stand there for seven or eight overs because partnership is very important in these big formats. We made sure each pair gave a good partnership of around 20 to 50 runs and once we got that, that was how we started achieving the victories.”
After touring the UK for their sixth consecutive year, Dubai Mammoths plan to make the trip twice a year in May and August from 2019.
Dubai Mammoths 213 for 9 in 40 overs (Sadiq Saboowala 50, Jawed Siddiqui 50, Ranjeet Chavan 30; Intu Khan 3-25) Leicester Seniors 196 (Intu Khan 81, Deepak Odhrani 41, Phil 23; Vijendra Rana 3-18, Navin Punjabi 2-40).
Luton CC 166 (Suleiman Mohammed 32, Subhash Karawadra 32, Abdul Mohammed 24, Devang Shah 22; Vijendra Rana 3-5, Navin Punjabi 3-26) Dubai Mammoths 167 (Jawed Siddiqui 31, Sangit 29, Ranjeet Chavan 25; Lucky Singh 3-22, Mayur Odedra 3-25).
Hinckley Town 211 for 9 in 35 overs (Janak Valand 80, Sunil Raheja 46, Deepak Odhrani 31 n.o., Asad Pathan 22; Shiva Pagarani 3-30, Mukesh Patel 3-34) Dubai Mammoths 176 (Navin Punjabi 31 n.o., Ranjeet Chavan 29, Rajesh Thadani 26, Vijemdra Rana 22).
Kenton CC 176 for 6 in 25 overs (Birch 50, Manzoor 27, Rowe 25, Hallam 21; Vijendra Rana 3-30, Sujit Salian 2-28) Dubai Mammoths 108 (Sadiq Saboowala 24; Chamberlain 5-27).
Dubai Mammoths 239 for 7 in 35 overs (Ranjeet Chavan 55, Sunil Raheja 45, Navin Punjabi 36, Jawed Siddiqui 37; Tony White 2-26, Sam Edkins 2-47) Prescott & Odyssey 198 for 7 (Mathew Jackson 57, George Reader 26, Carl Oughterson 24, Deepak Odhrani 24; Rajesh Thadani 4-31).
Dubai Mammoths 199 for 9 in 31 overs (Sangit Gopinath 72, Shiva Pagarani 39, Jawed Siddiqui 24; Sam Edkins 3-29, Harry 3-26) Wavetree CC 123 all out in 22.5 overs (Mukesh 4-20, Vijendra Rana 2-3, Lucky Abbas 2-31).
England’s winning white-ball run came to a juddering halt at Old Trafford as India stormed into a 1-0 lead at the start of the Vitality IT20 series.
Jos Buttler’s seventh Twenty20 half-century in his last eight attempts, dating back to his Indian Premier League heroics for Rajasthan Royals, hinted at much better than England’s eventual 159 for eight after being put in.
Kuldeep Yadav did the damage with some brilliant variations and deceptions for his maiden five-wicket haul at this level, and then on a glorious evening KL Rahul (101no) made short work of the chase as India prevailed with eight wickets and 10 balls to spare.
In front of a noisy 23,000 crowd, apparently dominated by Indian support, the conclusion was long foregone once Rahul raced to his 50 from just 27 balls in a second-wicket partnership of 123 with Rohit Sharma.
He escaped one chance when Jason Roy put him down at point off David Willey on 17, but was otherwise imperious as he cashed in his second Twenty20 international hundred with 10 fours and five sixes on a very good batting surface.
Whereas England’s spinners could make no difference, Kuldeep had stopped the home batsmen in their tracks as they lost three wickets in one over and five for 22 after reaching 95 for one.
The home innings was very much one of two halves – before and after the left-arm wrist-spinner’s intervention.
In the second installment, there were three golden ducks and only one double-figure score between eight batsmen after Buttler (69) and Roy had shared a 50 opening stand.
Kuldeep (five for 24) conceded a boundary to Buttler, perfectly-placed between long-on and deep midwicket, from his first delivery.
He then mixed up his pace wonderfully, however, to flummox Alex Hales – who was eventually bowled round his legs trying to sweep, ending his laboured contribution of eight from 18 balls.
Roy was his usual flamboyant self until he edged an attempted pull at Umesh Yadav down on to his stumps.
It was not until Kuldeep took over, though, that England hit the skids.
Captain Eoin Morgan promoted himself above Joe Root, but mistimed an attempted slog-sweep to his opposite number Virat Kohli running in from deep midwicket.
That was the first ball of Kuldeep’s third over, and by the end of it he had two more wickets in two balls as Jonny Bairstow and then Root went in all-Yorkshire golden-duck action replay – both stumped off googlies.
Moeen Ali could not stop the rot and Buttler was Kuldeep’s last victim when he was caught at long-on by Kohli.
David Willey had got off the mark with a pick-up six first ball off Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the start of the 17th over – which cost 20 runs – and England’s number eight hit an unbeaten 29 from just 15 balls.
It seemed briefly that it might be enough to challenge India a little.
Rahul quickly put paid to that theory, though, coming to the crease after the early loss of Shikhar Dhawan – edging on to Willey.
Then even after Rohit drove Adil Rashid into the hands of extra cover, Kohli duly helped to administer the necessary – passing 2,000 runs in this format along the way.
England were therefore left to contemplate a reality check following last month’s six-game white-ball whitewash of Australia.
Brothers Gas team emerged as champions of the inaugural ESM Ramadan Corporate Masters tournament after defeating GS Warriors by 64 runs in Dubai.
Held at GEMS Heritage Indian High School, Brothers Gas elected to bat first after winning the toss. Adnan Khan and Faheem Shafiq gave their side a strong start with a run-rate of almost 10 runs per over but GS Warriors picked up some crucial wickets.
That left Brothers Gas in trouble but Qasim Bashir took control by scoring a magnificent 60 runs from 49 deliveries. Along with Tanveer Ahmed’s 43, Brothers Gas put up a total of 179.
In their chase, Mohammed Javed gave GS Warriors a good start with 20 runs but that Brothers Gas then piled up the pressure by claiming wickets. Vinod Nayyar stood his ground with 29 runs off 20 balls but that was as good as it got as Warriors were all out for 115. Sarvanan Swami, who was named man of the match, was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets.