KARACHI: Mubashir Nawaz's uncommon twofold of a century and three wickets went futile as Al-Fatima School pushed out The Educator School by one wicket in the nail-gnawing Group D tie of the Omar Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament 2016, being composed by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA), at the KCCA Stadium a few days ago.
In the day's different matches, St Patrick High School overpowered Behbud Boys Secondary School by 95 keeps running in the Group G experience at the Hill Park Ground, while Oasis English School crushed Khan Secondary School by 43 keeps running in the Group D apparatus at the Eastern Star Ground.
It was the challenge between Al-Fatima School and The Educator School which created the most engrossing fight and the best all-round individual execution yet amid the opposition.
Opener Mubashir stroked 11 limits in his superlative thump of 109 off 108 balls to empower The Educator School to post a respectable aggregate of 199.
He battled a solitary fight against the Al-Fatima School bowlers as the innings was gouged by off-spinners Waqas Ansari (4-42) and Fahad Ali (2-25) other than medium-pacer Kafeel Khan (2-26).
Al-Fatima School got off to a breaking begin through the opening pair of Kamal Khan (50 off 50 balls) and Kafeel (28 off 37 balls), who scored 79 in speedy time.
It was the leg-twist of Mubashir (3-34) and Zaid Bin Haris (2-29) which brought The Educator School back in the amusement.
Savage fight resulted amongst bat and ball in the last stage. Syed Hunail (36 off 23 balls) supported the shot of Al-Fatima School and they in the end won by one wicket. Mubashir was proclaimed the Man of the Match.
Opener Mohammad Usman's splendid 89 off 88 balls, in which he struck one six and 11 fours, helped St Patrick High School to post an amazing aggregate of 258 for eight in 40 overs against Behbud Boys Secondary School. Valuable commitments were made by Basit Kaleem (44 off 26 balls), Sharjeel Ahmed (30 off 16 balls) and Exxon John (30 off 46 balls). Sharjeel (4-19) and Usman (2-30) likewise featured with the ball to send Behbud Boys Secondary School tumbling to 163 hard and fast in 30.1 overs. None of the batsmen moved beyond 30. Usman was decreed the Man of the Match.
Desert garden English School were full scale for 196 against Khan Secondary School on account of commitments from Abdullah (31 off 56 balls), Shah Faisal (27 off 30 balls), Adnan Khan (23 off 33 balls) and Shoaib Roz (22 off 33 balls). Spinners Sher Bahadur (3-31), Wajid Khan (2-24) and Majid Aslam (2-29) rocked the bowling alley well.
Khan Secondary School's innings couldn't pick up force after the openers were expelled ahead of schedule by medium-pacer Adnan. The weight was supported by left-arm spinner Abdul Mannan (3-24), who was announced the Man of the Match, and off-spinner Shoaib (2-34).
Rashid Khan's 38 off 34 balls, in which he struck one six and four fours, quickly restored Khan Secondary School's desires before they were knocked down some pins out for 153 in 36.1 overs.