Junoon won by 7 wickets
Junoon lost the toss and were put into field
East 8: 38 for 7 in 9.4
Nomaan Shah 2-0-1-5 Firoz Husain 2-0-2-7 Waleed Khan 3-0-2-11
Saf Ahmed 2-0-1-5 Faisal Gaj 1-0-1-4
Junoon: 39 for 0 in 7.3 overs
Aamir Mapara 25*
Waleed Khan 9*
A fixture that had excitement written all over it was played on pitch no.2
under a mixture of seasonal weather. Junoon were put into field and with the
new ball were quite happy with the decision.
Strike bowler Nomy started the proceedings and within the first over opener
Zam skied a shot which Ash had his eye on all the time and safely caught it.
This already put the pressure on for batsman no. 3 - in comes Skipper Firoz
as bowler no.2, and delivered good line and length as was proven with a
brilliant stumping by keeper Aamir, continuing his reign of stumpings this
season, so far to 7.
The skipper then took an excellent wicket by delivering a dangerous
in-swinger which rocked the leg stump back and forth. Junoon knew they had
the advantage already and continued the pressure as Waleed and Saf were
brought in as second spell of bowlers.
Waleed smashed through the middle order with precision pace bowling as
stumps were rocking back and forth on the regular. Saf chipped in with a
wicket as Daniyal took an amazing catch in the deep, especially in wet
Junoon's fielding was on point and looked dangerously sharp, stopping the
ball and backing each other. East 8 were down to the last pair of batsmen,
and as much as they tried to salvage any pride in the final score, the
bowlers kept attacking as Faisal came in to spin out the opposition, and to
wrap up the first innings, which he did.
East 8 finally finished on a total of only 38 all out within 10 overs.
Junoon went out to bat very confidently and the openers Aamir and Waleed
reached the target within 8 overs, which would've been lesser but I guess
they wanted to take it easy, Waleed even playing out a maiden, something of
a rarity in this league.
All in all, a game played in the best of spirits, but unfortunately not much
of a challenging target to chase for Junoon. Nevertheless, I'm sure East 8
will bounce back and I wish both teams the best of luck for the season.
Submitted by Firoz Husain of Junoon