Led by an awe-inspiring effort from openers Muhammad Mashal and Ijaz Hussain, who both scored 80 each from 22 and 32 deliveries respectively, Baneasa Cricket Club managed to post a mammoth and scarcely believable 186/3 in a 10-over contest against United Cricket Club. After opting to bat first, Baneasa openers made merry as they added 123 runs in the first six overs alone. Overall, while Mashal hit 10 sixes and 4 boundaries alongside at a strike rate of 363.64, Hussain chipped in with 4 sixes and 12 boundaries, striking at 250.
The match is part of the European Cricket Series and was being played under the T10 Romania League which saw Baneasa Cricket Club winning by 97 runs in the end. It wasn't particularly a pleasing day for the United Cricket Club's bowlers as they went for plenty. Ali Zawwar conceded 33 runs in his solitary over while Shantanu Vashisht went for over 20.5 runs an over. Dharmendra Manani gave away 18 in his over while Aftab Ahmed Kayani and Ramesh Satheesan were the only wicket-takers conceding 35 and 22 runs respectively in their two overs each.
United Cricket Club off to the worst start possible
In response, the United batters never looked into the run chase and got off to the worst start possible, losing Ramesh Sateeshan in the very first ball of the innings. Post that, they never got the momentum their innings needed to get past the mountain of a total.
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In sharp contrast to United Club's bowling, Baneasa bowlers looked more efficient on the field with Muhammad Akmal - who conceded 18 in his lone over - being the only exception. Ijaz Hussain, Janaka Samantha, Mahesh Prasanna and even the half-centurion Mashal scalped a wicket each and more importantly did not let the opposition score freely, eventually restricting them to 89/4 in their designated quota of 10 overs.
Stan Ahuja, Ali Hussain II try but could not threaten record T10 total
Other than Akmal, Parminder Mann and Zafar Ullah also went wicketless but gave away only 17 runs between them.
On the other hand, Stan Ahuja's unbeaten 35 from 23 and Ali Hussain-II's 17-ball 32 were the highest contributions from United batters but they did not prove to be enough to threaten a record T10 total.