Jumeirah and Shindagha win easily in League of Mammoths

Dubai - Shiva Pagarani and Santosh Kotian's 69-run partnership helped Jumeirah score 113 for 4

Jumeirah Mammoths and Shindagha Mammoths won their matches quite comfortably in the seventh edition of the League of Mammoths cricket tournament being held at the Sevens ground under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council.
Jumeirah were put into bat and Zabeel thought they had their tails up when Jumeirah were 44 for 3. But Shiva Pagarani and Santosh Kotian combined for a 69 run partnership to take Jumeirah to 113 for 4. Shiva struck a six and two fours during his 38 and Santosh hit three fours for his 39.
Just as Zabeel began to get into the match after taking another two wickets they ran into man of the match Shajil Balan. The number eight batsman turned the match on its head with a powerful unbeaten 69 from just 27 balls and it came from five sixes and four fours to take Jumeirah to a healthy 217 for 6.
Zabeel were never in the match after they lost eight wickets for 82 runs but Kapil Gandhi gave them a glimmer of hope with a late blitzkrieg. His unbeaten 83 off 51 balls with two sixes and eight fours brought some life into the match although in a lost cause for Zabeel.
Muzammil Riyaz, Shiva Pagarani and Rajesh Thadani shared the spoils with three wickets each.
In the other match, Shindagha made light work of Nad Al Sheba's 178 to win with three wickets in the bag.
Fahad Al Hashmi did well with the ball (3-27) and then hit 20 to win the man of the match award.

Brief scores:
Jumeirah Mammoths bt Zabeel Mammoths by 54 runs
Jumeirah 217 for 6 in 25 overs (Shajil Balan 69 n.o., Santosh Kotian 39, Shiva Pagarani 38; Pranav Kumar 2-36) Zabeel 163 for 9 in 25 overs (Kapil Gandhi 83 n.o., Mukund Srinivasan 32; Muzammil Riyaz 3-13, Shiva Pagarani 3-19, Rajesh Thadani 3-34). Man of the match: Shajil Balan.
Shindagha Mammoths bt Nad Al Sheba Mammoths by 3 wkts
NAS 178 all out in 25 overs (Sheridan Hadfield 50, Lucky Abbas 23, Devender Taneja 31; Fahad Al Hashmi 3-27, Abhishek Chavan 2-30) Shindagha 179 for 7 in 23.2 overs (Neeraj Ramamoorthy 43, Vijay Mehra 38 n.o., Mehmood Merchant 37, Fahad Al Hashmi 20, Prashant Shetty 22; Harish Jashani 2-12, Maroof Merchant 2-25). Man of the match: Fahad Al Hashmi.

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