The ‘#playtoeducate: Cricket Gala 2017’ is being conducted in NUST to raise fund for underprivileged students in need. The tournament has reached its climactic stage, as the NBS Jaguars took on the Staff Scorpions in the second semifinal on the 18th of October, 2017. The Jaguars won the toss and their captain, Dr. Wasim Hassan, decided to bat first. The Jaguars couldn’t muster up a score as big as they would have liked, making 84 runs in the allocated 8 overs. It was still a decent score, taking into account the fact that no team had chased more than 70 in the tournament. The Scorpions, however, made short work of the target, chasing it down with more than an over to spare.
The Jaguars had batted second in all of their matches in the tournament to date, while the Scorpions had batted first. It was a change in routine for both the teams, which didn’t go to well with the Jaguars. They lost their captain Dr. Wasim in the very first over to Mr. Murtaza of the Scorpions. Dr. Adeel stabilized the innings a bit, hitting three sixes off Mr. Ahmad Kamal in the second over, but the return of Mr. Murtaza for the third over put on the brakes again. He got rid of both Mr. Ali Kiyani and Dr. Adeel, who scored a brisk 20. On the hat trick ball, Mr. Mateen smashed the ball out of the ground for a six. Mr. Bilal Chowhan and Mr. Mateen put on a strong partnership. They played with caution, respecting the good balls and launching at the loose balls. In the second last over, Mr. Abid made the breakthrough, dismissing Mr. Bilal for 12. He followed it up by sending Mr. Gohar back to the pavilion, thus finishing the innings on a hat trick. In the last over, Mr. Mateen got run out, finishing as the top scorer with 29 runs. Dr. Naseer got run out too, as the Jaguars started to panic in the closing stages of their innings. There we 18 extras in the innings, helping the Jaguars to reach 84-7. Mr. Murtaza finished with 3 wickets.
The scorpions didn’t start off very well either. The Jaguars struck in the first over, Mr. Gohar removing Mr. Murtaza for naught. Mr. Adnan and Mr. Nouman built up a partnership, scoring runs at a brisk rate. They plundered 17 runs off the third over bowled by Mr. Mateen, before Mr. Asad Shah struck in the fourth. Mr. Nouman returned to the dugout after scoring 20. In the next over, Mr. Gohar was taken to the cleaners by the new batsman Mr. Haseeb, conceding 18 runs in the process. From there on, it was easy for the Scorpions, as they wrapped up the match with 16 runs in the 6th over, before Mr. Adnan finished the game off in style by launching the first ball of the 7th over into the stands to send the Scorpions into the final. He returned unbeaten on 39.
The match was fierce and hotly contested. There were moments when emotions threatened to boil over. The Jaguars protested against some of the decisions of the umpire, raising questions over his credentials. But overall, the match was a good experience. Both the teams embraced each other after the match, sharing smiles and group photos.
This exciting encounter had a pretty huge outcome, helping collect massive amounts of funds for students in NEED. The UAO appreciates everyone who contributed, played or even came to support the players.
The final match of the tournament is scheduled for Friday, to be played between the Scorpions and the Cougars, and we will keep you posted on the latest developments. Join us to watch the entertaining spectacles and follow our page www.facebook.com/NEEDInitiative for updates on match schedules. Give education a fighting chance by sponsoring a player or through donating for the cause. Drop a call at 90856838 to donate.