The opening fixture of Gameweek 3 featured the two bottom sides at the start of the day Kashmiri Panthers yet to pick up a point against Chesham Mobiles. Both teams came with many changes hoping to win this game. Kashmiri Panther were automatically awarded the toss and decided to send Chesham Mobiles into bat. After a flying start by Chesham Mobiles who ended up on 22 after the first over slowly started to deteriorate and it was evident they were struggling after ending on just 21 after the first partnership.
Chesham Mobiles posted a score of 138 at the close of their innings which never looked enough for rock bottom side Kashmiri Panthers. Muhammad Fayyaz was stand out batsmen for Chesham Mobiles scoring 24 where as Abrar Khan took the opposite as top bowler for Kashmiri Panthers with figures of 4-0. Kashmiri Panthers looked for their first points of the campaign and this seemed the perfect opportunity. The panthers scored an impressive 166 off the first 4 partnerships and looked to be breaking the 200 barrier, and so they did in style not losing a wicket in the last partnership which took their score to 221.
Panthers winning their first
match comfortably by 83 runs which would help their weak net run rate. Abrar
Khan once again top scored for the Panthers with 38 runs including three 7’s,
whereas new boy Abdul took the bowling for Chesham mobiles with figures of
2-12. Man of the Match by a mile was Abrar Khan.
This was a long awaited fixture between two fierce competitors. Punjabi Lions led by Nabeel Ahmed went up against the inform and unbeaten team Lahore Tigers captained by Tanvir Butt. The Tigers won the toss and decided to take the new ball. Punjabi Lions started off steadily after scoring 37 runs off the first partnership but went downhill in the second partnership who only managed 11 runs with the loss of 5 wickets accompanied with some tight bowling.
By the end of the fourth partnership Punjabi Lions looked to be in trouble with the score at only 93 but the last pair Nabeel and Nomi gave their team a huge boost hitting 63 runs and something to bowl out. Captain Nabeel Ahmed top scored for Punjabi Lions with 37 runs and Safeer Butt took the bowling for the Tigers with phenomenal figures of 4 for -12. In reply after a slow start by the Tigers they ended up with 48 off the first partnership which was beyond the required rate and kept on going on the rise with 90 off the first two partnerships.
Sajjad Butt and Umar Zafar came in at
three and took the score to 146 at the end of their partnership which gave the
Tigers the chance to take the score very close to the target with still 2
partnerships to go. The Tigers once again came out comfortable winners by 53
runs, also retaining their unbeaten label and not to forget their third
consecutive 200+ score. Can anyone stop the mighty Tigers? New boy Umar Zafar
top scored for Lahore Tigers with a good 26 runs whereas stand out bowler Waqas
Kiani took the credentials for best bowler for Punjabi Lions with figures
of 4 for -4. Man of the Match goes to Safeer Butt for his impressive all round
performance scoring 20 with the bat and bowling figures of 4 for -12.
The final game of the day was a close contest between Wajid Hussain’s Big Bite and stand in captain Kashif of London Lions. London Lions were sent into bat and went off to a magnificent start scoring 63 runs off the first partnership. But never got going considering the flying start scoring just 23 off the second partnership and reaching 126 after the third partnership.
The following two partnerships took them to 176 which looked like a decent final score although they were looking at making 225+ at one stage if it wasn’t for some brilliant bowling by Big Bite. Nomi top scored for London Lions with 24 and Muneeb Fiaz was the pick of the bowlers for Big Bite with figures of 3-12. In reply Big Bite started off very slowly scoring just 64 runs off the first two partnerships as opposed to London Lions 63 off the first pair. However, Suleiman and Waseem with some impressive hitting and partnership of 62 without losing a wicket took the score to 126 and looked to be in a good position to win.
Big Bite required 27 off the final partnership and they did after needing 5 off the last over. Nevertheless, a nail biting finish and one that was not to be missed for the neutral. Wasim Khan top scoring with an impressive 36 for Big Bite and Sajjad Ali the pick of the bowlers for London Lions with figures of 3-8. Man of the Match was Nomi of London Lions for scoring 24 runs and impressive bowling figures of 2-2 in his first outing for London Lions.