AWAN Warriors were the biggest winners of the day yesterday, beating Kalam Knight Riders by five wickets to move to the top of the table in the Coca-Cola Twenty20 Bahrain Premier League (BPL).
It was Awan’s third victory and they sit alone at the top of the table ewith six points.
In the other matches yesterday, Bahrain Super Giants beat MRam and SRam Falcons by 58 runs and Intex Lions got the better of Four Square Challengers by 23 runs.
The Giants, Lions, Riders and Challengers are all on four points each while the Falcons are at the bottom with two points and victually out of the running for a place in the semi-finals.
The final round of matches will be played next Friday, starting at 8am at three difference venues in Isa Town, and the top four will qualify for the semi-finals to be held on March 9. The final is scheduled for March 16.
BPL is the first-ever franchise based T20 league and it is being organised by Exelon and KHK under the patronage of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Batting first, the Knight Riders reached a challenging 185 for four in their 20 overs with opener Imran Butt leading the way with an aggressive 48-ball 73 (7 fours, 3 sixes).
Butt put on 74 runs for the opening wicket with Guru Prasad (24, 24 balls, 2 four 1 six) and another 74 for the second wicket with Shehbaz Butt (65, 40 balls, 4 four, 3 six) to help team set a stiff challenge.
Imran Butt (2-18) was the most successful bowler for Awan.
In reply, Awan began rather shakily losing their first wicket with 26 runs on the board and were soon down four for 104 with the loss of the key wicket of Yasir Nazir (40, 28 balls, 2 four, 2 six).
But No. 5 Fiaz Ahmed stood rock solid and single-handedly steered his team to an impressive victory with an unbeaten 33-ball 73 studded with eight fours and two sixes.
Azeem-ul-Haq claimed two wickets for 29 runs for Knight Riders.
Intex Lions 154 all out in 19.5 overs (Prashant Kurup 63, 43 balls, 4 four, Wasif Iqbal 35, 27 balls, 3 four, 1 six) bt Four Square Challengers 131 all out in 19.3 overs (Janaka 26, 25 balls, Kashif Rana 32, 26 balls, 4 fours, Hammad 27, 16 balls, 3 sixes; Babar Ali 3-28, Tahir Dar 3-23) by 23 runs
Bahrain Super Giants 159-8 (Deepak Nair (31, 23 balls, 6 four, Sarfaraz 34, 26 balls, 1 four, 2 six, Sikder 32, 34 balls, 4 four; Ali Rameez 4-27) bt SRam and MRam Falcons 101 all out in 17.4 overs (Raffi 34, 18 balls, 1 four, 4 six).