Omar Associates, SSGC win as Group stage culminates
The group stage of the Brighto presents Osaka Naya Nazimabad Ramzan Cup 2019 came to an end with victories to the formidable units of Omar Associates and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC).
In the penultimate game of the group stage, Pakistan Air Force asked Omar Associates to bat first and they grabbed the opportunity with both hands. After losing Umar Akmal (9) early, opener Usman Khan along with Sohail Akthar took the PAF bowlers to cleaners and constructed a quick fire 98-run stand. Sohail Akhtar got out for 38 and Usman Khan for 81. Saud Shakeel's 42 in the later overs dragged Omar Associates' tally to 202 for 8 in 20 overs.
In reply, PAF lost the master-blaster Usama Baloch for a duck and 3 batsmen went back to the dugout for just 17. PAF failed to maintain the required rate and lost the match by 37 runs. Zeeshan Malik (42) and Muhammad Shahzad (32) were the prominent scorers. Shahnawaz Ali, Irfan Jailor and Hasnain Bukhari got 2 wickets each. Usman Khan was declared man of the match.
With a win, Omar Associates topped the Group 'A' with unbeaten record of 6 points. Pakistan Air Force, with this defeat, gave way to Agha Estate (4 points) for the Quarter-final stage.
In the second match, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) opted to bat after winning the toss against KK Panthers. SSGC started off well with over a 50-run opening stand. Zain Abbas (28) was the first man to go on 56. Captain Umer Amin and Fawad Alam steadied the innings. After Umer's depature on 98, SSGC kept on losing wickets. SSGC ended up with 171 for 9 in 20 overs. Umer Amin topped the chart with 44 while Adil Amin scored 40. Amir Barohi, Imtiaz Leghari and Ibtisam Shaikh got two wickets each.
KK Panthers needed to overhaul the target in 10 overs to qualify for the quarter final stage. They started off well but failed to keep the momentum and managed 159/9 in 20 overs. Opener Riaz Mirani scored quick 64 runs while Habibullah and Muhammad Zeeshan made 27 and 25 respectively. SSGC remained unbeaten at the culmination of the group stage and easily marched to the knock-out round.
The quarter-final round of the Brighto presents Osaka Naya Nazimabad Ramzan Cup will kick off from May 23rd in which SSGC, Agha Estate, Omar Associates, National Bank of Pakistan, K-Electric, Pakistan Currency, State Bank of Pakistan and Port Qasim Authority will be seen in action.