In an impressive display, the Hurricanes secured a comfortable victory over the Panthers in the thrilling David Diverman F40 Cup on the Canada Day. Choosing to bat first after winning the toss, the Panthers encountered an early setback when Ayush was run out in the opening over. However, they quickly rebounded as Eshu (48) and Rahil (36) showcased brilliant batting skills. Their remarkable 68-run partnership for the 3rd wicket laid a strong foundation for a formidable total. Unfortunately, the Panthers suffered a double blow when Rahil was dismissed lbw by Nahin, closely followed by Eshu falling victim to Wahid’s inswinging delivery. Shakib then wreaked havoc, claiming several quick wickets for the Hurricanes. Nonetheless, Mehtab (35) and Samba (15) fought back valiantly, rekindling hopes of reaching the 200-run mark. Yet, both batsmen eventually succumbed, and the Panthers were bundled out for 179 runs in 37.2 overs. Shakib (3/34), Wahid (2/29), and Arnab (2/31) emerged as the standout bowlers for the Hurricanes, with Nahin and Sadman also contributing with a wicket each.

Chasing the target, the Hurricanes stumbled early on with the loss of Sadman in the second over. Nevertheless, the team found stability through a splendid 89-run partnership between Wahid and Amin. Their composed batting eased the pressure and tilted the game in the Hurricanes’ favor. After Amin (32) fell victim to a run-out, Wahid joined forces with Rafid, and the duo added another vital 50 runs, bringing the chase even closer. Wahid displayed patience and determination, reaching a well-deserved fifty (56), only to be dismissed while attempting a sweep against Mehtab. Rafid showcased his talent, contributing a brisk 33 runs off just 31 balls. Finally, Arnab (18) and Zala (7) calmly steered the Hurricanes to a resounding 5-wicket victory. Mehtab stood out as the pick of the bowlers for the Panthers, claiming 2 crucial wickets. However, it was Wahid’s exceptional all-round performance with a well-made fifty and economical bowling figures of 2/29 in 8 overs that earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match award.

Overall, the match provided an exhilarating display of skill and determination from both teams, ultimately resulting in a well-deserved triumph for the Hurricanes.