The ninth match of the ICC Academy Summer Cup 2022 took place between Pindi Boys Defenders CC and Dubai Gymkhana. The game that went down to the wire was eventually won by the Pindi Boys. Let’s look at the match report for the same.
Match 9: Pindi Boys Defenders CC vs Dubai Gymkhana
The match got off with DGA winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Having been asked to bat first, the PBD did not have a good start to the match as they lost their opener Nawab Adnan ul Malik at just four runs in the second over. The other opener Wajid Khan held the fort but wickets continued to fall from the other side.
Number four batter Farhan Babar (23) steadied the innings with Wajid to take the team towards a good total. Abdullah Azhar also played an important knock of 36 off of 29 deliveries. In the end, PBD was able to put forth a good score of 167/8 in front of the DGA. Muhammad Adnan Qaisar was the best bowler from the DGA side, taking three wickets in four overs.
Coming onto chase the total, DGA started poorly as they lost their first wicket at just one run. Syed Aashir (23) and Hammad Ahmed Khan (21) came up with a decent partnership but could not sustain PBD’s sustained attacks. Shajat Talat (22) and Muhammad Hassan (24) also contributed to the team score but none could break into the 30 runs territory despite getting good starts.
It was the captain Waqas Ahmed Khan who broke the curse of the 20s and got into the 30s but could not take his team across the finish line as the other end gave away.
DGA could only reach 156 before losing all wickets to a quality PBD bowling attack. Muhammad Rashid with a bowling figure of 4-41-4 was the best bowler for PBD. Salman Babar, with three wickets, and Wajid Khan, with two, played a good supporting role to Rashid.
In the end, PBD won by 11 runs and move to the top of Group A with six points on the ICC Academy Summer Cup points table. Dubai Gymkhana with no wins in two matches remains at the bottom.
Wajid Khan: 56(30), Abdullah Azhar: 36(29)
Muhammad Rashid: 4-41-4, Salman Babar: 4-26-3
Waqas Ahmed Khan: 33(22), Muhammad Hassan: 24(16)
Muhammad Hassan: 4-24-3, Muhammad Adnan Qaisar: 4-39-2