By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Apr 26 : Despite a half century blitz by Md Sultan Karim and all round performance from Nitesh Sedai went in vain as CHAMP, Khagempalli went down by a run to Al-Ameen in a Group B league match of the 6th MNCA W Prahlada and W Ramananda Elite Tournament 2021-22 at Luwangpokpa Cricket Stadium today.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Al-Ameen put up a modest total of 192 runs at the cost 6 wickets in allotted 40 overs courtesy a half century knock from Mohammad Al Bashid (56 off 62 balls) and restricted CHAMP to 191 all out in the last ball of the innings.
It was a slow start for the Lilong side and lost Nawaz for 8 to Nitesh Sedai as the scoreboard read 33 after 9 overs.
Nitesh removed Md Basir Rahaman when the latter was just 4 runs away from completing a half century to make it 72/2 for Al-Ameen.
The third wicket stand between Md Mustaque and Md Al Bashid however proved vital as the Lilong side gathered 59 off 83 balls but Md Sultan Karim broke the partnership by dismissing Md Mustaque for 31 before Nitesh Sedai completed his three wicket haul trapping Nongjaimayum Md Nasirshah Alam lbw on 1 to reduce Al-Ameen to 150/4 after 34.5 overs.
Md Al Bashid maintained his calm and made all possible efforts to keep the innings alive with his 62-ball 52 on the back of 5 fours even as the run rate was being kept in check by the Khagempalli bowlers.
Md Safwan Khan also added a crucial 12-ball 19 before Md Sagir Ahamed (6) and Md Nousad Ali (5) saw out the innings.
Needing 193 for the win, CHAMP started on a positive note with a 60 run first wicket partnership between Chingangbam Bonny Singh (21) and Pukhrambam Athouba Khuman (32) rotating strikes before Najarul Islam under Bonny in the 4th delivery of the 11th over.
It proved to be a turning point as Noushad Ali removed Athouba after three overs which saw addition of only 7 runs before Md Sharoz Khan (6) edge to Al-Ameen Keeper Nawaz who was behind the stump off Habibullah Ahammad delivery in the 20th over for the third wicket.
Md Nousad Ali rose again to claim his second in the third over removing Leikhram Johny for 8 to reduce CHAMP to 96/4 after 22.2 overs.
Nitesh Sedai also got off the block for the 6th wicket after hitting 3 fours on the way to his 18-ball 23 after Noushad Ali caught and bowled Sougrakpam Shankar on 3-ball duck.
Even as wickets kept falling, Md Sultan Karim withstood the pressure and clobbered 3 fours and 5 sixes on the way to his 55-ball 69 before getting run out in the last ball while trying to draw level.
Najarul Islam returned with the best bowling figures of 3/13 in 8 overs and pacer Md Noushad Ali snared another three wickets for 29 runs in 7 overs to claim man of the match accolade.
TRAU, Kwakeithel will play Model Club, Chingamakha in the next match of the tournament tomorrow.