Match number six in ICC Academy Summer Cup saw Dubai Dare Devils and Valley Boys going against each other. The Valley Boys won the toss and elected to field first. The Dubai Daredevils happily accepted the invitation to bat first as their openers walked out to the middle. The bowling attack of Valley Boyz was right on the money from ball one picking up three quick wickets to bring the Daredevils under pressure. The Daredevils were reduced to 26/3 in 5.3 overs.
Seeing their team in trouble, the duo of Abhay Jotin and Abdul Aziz Mohammed Rashid got involved in a magnificent 119-run-partnership, taking their team out of misery. A blistering finish from Rathesh Pojari, who scored an unbeaten 30 off 9 balls propelled the Daredevils’ total to 185/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Abhay Jotin also remained unbeaten on 89 off just 56 balls. Khalid Ibrahim and Shabir Bhatt picked up two wickets each for the Valley Boyz.
The opening combination of Mohsen Mattoo and Mafooz Ilahi got the Valley Boyz off to an emphatic start in their chase. The duo added 55 runs in just 5.2 overs. After a brilliant start, the Valley Boyz batting lineup suffered a dramatic collapse. The batters had no answer to the bowling combination of Abdul Safer and Abdul Aziz Mohammed Rashid. From being 55/0 at one stage, the scoreboard quickly shifted to 75/7 in 10.1 overs. The tailenders tried hard to bring Valley Boyz back into the game but it was too much work to do for them.
Their innings was finally ended after getting bowled out for 131 in just 17 overs. Abdul Safer finished with the figures of 3/24 in four overs. Abdul Aziz Mohammed Rashid picked up three wickets giving away 25 runs in three overs. Daredevils registered a comfortable win taking the game by 54 runs. The Valley Boyz will next face Dubai Gymkhana in Match 8 tomorrow at Tolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Daredevils 185/4 (20 overs)
Abhay Jotin 89(56) Khalid Ibrahim 2/20 (4 overs)
Valley Boyz 131/10 (17 overs)
Mohsen Mattoo 33(23) Abdul Safer 3/24 (4 overs)