On Friday, the 20th of January, at KCC #15, Khobar Blasters CC came in all set to take on Zalmi United CC and to continue their exemplary winning run. KBCC were well prepared to execute their 5th consecutive win in 6 matches.
The match kicked off with KBCC winning the toss and electing to bat. The opening duo of Anfin and Riyas kept the scoreboard ticking at a reasonable rate before the team lost Anfin in the 4th over. Came in, KBCCs master blaster, Kiran Kumar, in the most sensational form of his career, to again build on a big innings as he always does. Irrespective of wickets falling at the other end, Kiran kept the scoreboard moving with his regular boundaries and exceptional running between the wickets. Kumar Das (26) supported well to build a much needed partnership with Kiran, who in due course, completed his 4th century (108 off 90 balls) of the tournament. He was very unlucky to get out trying to up the scoring rate and eventually fell in the 35th over. Ultimately, KBCC ended their innings for 223/10 in 38.4 overs credit to some good bowling by the ZUCC bowlers.
Though the score seemed modest to chase down, KBCC held confidence that the game could be won by the bowlers and exceptional fielding efforts which has been the core of the team. ZUCC were off to an amazing start with Yasir (45) and Saddam (45) taking the score to 99/0 in 14 overs, well set to win the game in no time. KBCC, however, had other plans with Anfin coming in and picking the wicket of Saddam breaking the partnership, depriving the duo of a century stand. The very next ball, Kumar scalped Yasir, depriving both batsmen of their 50s. KBCC then took charge with an impressive comeback by taking regular wicket through some exceptional bowling and fielding; ZUCC witnessing another exceptional bowling performance from the Blasters as was faced by their predecessors. KBCC kept up the reputation of breaking down batting orders by ultimately, scalping Syed Qamar who stood defiant in the middle and pretty much got close to taking the match away. In a very tense finish with ZUCC requiring just 11 from 5 overs and 1 wicket remaining, an excellent running catch by Arafath Hashim, off Jiby, ZUCC were bundled out for 212 in 35.1 overs. Scalps by Kiran (4), Kumar (2). Anfin (1), Kahab (1), Jiby (1) and Arafath (2 catches and a run out) were exceptional during this defense of an arguably modest total.
Khobar Blasters won the game by 11 runs. Kiran Kumar was once again the very deserving Man of the Match, his 4th in 6 matches, for his scintillating all-round performance with a century (108) and 4 wickets