SAIPEM dismantled Pak Shaheen to win Al Markab Main League 2016-17 Semi Final by an astonishing 9 wickets…..

Fate whispered to the wolves……you cannot withstand the storm and the wolves whispered back……we are the storm!!

After a week long winter rains, first or their kind in recent memory…….this winter already held a lot to be remembered for years to come and Team Saipem added one more memory to it by systematically destroying Pak Shaheen at Semi Finals to earn a place at finals ever so deservingly…..!!

Here they were, finally at their first semifinal & just 2 steps away from fulfilling their potential after several ifs & buts in the previous tourney & seasons. Up against a team that had managed to rack 300 plus scores in all their games & yet to know defeat, but Saipem put on an unbelievable display of self-belief & hunger to crush down the opponents & settle the game as convincingly as it could get.

Batting first Pak Shaheen batsmen were totally at sea, fending with hope rather than conviction, Saipem Spinners kept a team used to amassing 300+ scores throughout the group stage, fold for a meek 158 tells a lot about Saipem’s bowling strength . DOOM was written all over Pak Shaheen as Nishant scalped 6 for 49 off his allotted 8 overs & Rajeesh had taken down 3 for a very miserly 30 off his 8 overs. Akthar continued his good run of form and expertly contained the batsmen at one end. Zafar Bhai Aka Chacha well what else to say, the older the wine the better it gets.

Saipem openers Nishant & Abdul Rahiman continued their impressive run of form and were in no mood to fool around as they racked up 138 off just 15 overs. Nishant unfortunately got out but only after sailing the ship close to the shore with yet another 50 plus score. Abdul Rahiman finished it off without further drama along with Sarwar, scoring a manic 85 off just 50 balls. It was all over in a flash…..Pak Shaheen were beaten and bruised by crushing 9 wkts defeat at the hands of Saipem.

So what we have here!?!? It’s all down to Saipem vs Enerco at finals for the gold!! Just as Team Saipem skipper Nishant foretold after losing to Enerco at group stage level. Who would have thought for Saipem to make it this far but the Boiz backed their skippers words with some extraordinary performances. Cricket Pundits are already busy reading stars predicting who will prevail…….

Here is a message to Enerco, someone wise once said ” If you can’t say something nice, say it in French”

So, Enerco, on va te secouer…..on va te Rocker!!

From Sir Isaac Newton to winter wolves, from the legends of Vikings to Michael Holding and Mark Nicholas we all waited to see how far will Team Saipem go this winter……they are through to the finals but will they avenge their early loss to Enerco?? will Enerco be able to stop Saipem’s momentum?? will Team Saipem finally earn gold and be crowned as Champions??!?!? Stay tuned to know……

MOM- Nishant Govindan (53runs from 55 balls & 8 Overs 49 runs 6 wickets)