IMG_1377The Avengers won the Atul Ahuja Cup by beating the Eagles 2-0 in the best of three series. Fahad Ijaz was named Cup MVP, making 97 runs in the two games. IMG_1379
The Avengers won the opening match by 41 runs. The Avengers batted first and made 135/3 from 20 overs, led by opener Fahad Ijaz who batted through the 20 overs making 62. Rahul Roy (21) helped him put on 58 for the first wicket, and another 40 run partnership with Rahul Vashisht took them to a good total. Taha Sheikh took 2 of the three wickets to fall.
Deep Patel bowled a strong opening spell, and the Eagles were in trouble early at 17/3 – Deep took 3/11 from 4 overs. Khurram Shazaad (14), Saeed Khan (12) and Najaf Raza Kazmi (26) made useful contributions, but the Eagles were unable to keep up with the run rate, ending up on 94/9.
The second match was played the following day, in autumnal conditions- temperatures in single digits at the start. The Eagles won the toss and batted first. The Avengers bowling attack exploited the conditions well, and danger man Taha Sheik fell to a good catch at slip with the score on 7. Zohair Syed and Nadeem Saqlain (16) played patiently, putting on 27. Najaf Raza Kazmi made an excellent 47 from 30 bals with three sixes. Unfortunately Asim Razman had to retire hurt after being struck in the face and was unable to bowl later. The Eagles made 102/4 from their 20 overs. The comparatively low total is to the credit of excellent bowling from all the Avengers bowlers, who gave very little away.
Gurman Khurana (35) and Fahad Ijaz (27) put together an opening partnership of 77 and by the time they were out the game was as good as won. The Avengers eventually won by 6 wickets, with 4 overs to spare.