The Business Management School (BMS) representing Sri Lanka in the RED BULL CAMPUS CRICKET 2018 – WORLD FINALS -, got off to a great start with a convincing 7 wicket win over UAE at the NCC grounds in Colombo today(23).
Pakistan and India also recorded convincing wins on the opening day over Zimbabwe and Bangladesh respectively. The number of teams have been reduced to six from eight last year, where South Africa went on to beat Sri Lanka in the final at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
The tournament will take place from 23rd to 29th of September at the SSC and NCC grounds. The playoff and the final will…
UAE vs Sri Lanka
BMS-Sri Lanka lived up to expectations on the opening day when they overcame a hapless United Arab Emirates side by 7 wickets.
Sri Lanka skipper Koshan Jayawickrama won the toss and elected to field first with his opening quick bowler Janith Liyanage on fire from the word go. Liyanage captured 4/06 in a quality spell of swing bowling, while skipper Jayawickrama also joined the party chipping in with two wickets.
Sri Lanka had hardly any trouble in their reply reaching the target with more than ten overs to spare. Stylish right handed batsman Madushan Ravinchandrakumar hit an enterprising 44 as the pre-tournament favorites BMS-Sri Lanka got off to a convincing start.
Janith Liyanage remained unbeaten in the run chase but it was his bowling that earned his the man of the match award in the opening match the tournament.
United Arab Emirates 95 (19.1) Mehdii Aasaria 25, Ram Narayan 22, Janith Liyanage 4/06, Koshan Danushka 2/16
Sri Lanka 98/3 (9.3) Madushan Ravichndrakumar 44, Dinuk Wickramanayaka 13*, Ihtisham Sabir 1/06
India vs Bangladesh
Omkar Khatpe hit swashbuckling unbeaten 61* to guide India to a commanding 181/6 while Murataza Shabbir also chipped in with 35.
Bangladesh was on a hunt during certain stages of the game but none of their batsmen managed to capitalize on their starts before they fell short by 26 runs.
Rohan Damle will be a man to watch out for in the tournament as he captured 4/16 for the Indians while Shubham Taiswal also chipped in with two wickets.
India 181/6 (20) Omkar Khatpe 61*, Murtaza Shabbir 35, Paras Gawali 20, Arifur Rahman 2/24
Bangladesh 155/9 (20) Inzamam Ul Haq 24, Sabit Hossain 20, Eyasin Arafat 19, Rohan Damle 4/16, Shubham Taiswal 2/23
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
Pakistan made the highest score of the day when hit 183/5 against a below or Zimbabwe unit.
Abdur Rahaman powered his way to a half century(53) while Arsalan Farzand(37) and Hamza Qadir(22) made useful contributions for Pakistan.
Zimbabwe were rolled over for just 91 as Pakistan secured a commanding 92 run victory. Mahmood Ali captured 4/20 as he strangled the Zimbabwean top and middle-order along with Muhammad Asad picked up 2/13.
Pakistan 183/5 (20) Abdur Rahaman 53, Arsalan Farzand 37, Hamza Qadir 22, Thabo Moyo 1/03
Zimbabwe 91 (18.1) Anele Ngwenya 25*, Shadeck Zulu 24, Mahmood Ali 4/20, Muhammad Asad 2/13