Pakistan’s champion team University of Central Punjab (UCP) Lahore’s dominance achieved new heights when it brushed aside the challenge with a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka’s Business Management College (BMC), Colombo, in the third and final pool match during the World Finals of the Red Bull Campus Cricket 2016 at Colombo’s Sinhalese Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
UCP-Pak managed to defeat BMS Colombo despite the fact that the Sri Lankan contingent had the services of three Sri Lankan internationals including Shehan Jayasuriya.
UCP-Pak will meet Loughborough University (LU)- England in the semi-final on September 10 in Galle, Sri Lanka, while BMS Colombo will face University of Pretoria (ATC UOP), South Africa in the other semi-final. UCP-Pak Manager and Coach Akhter Mumtaz Butt, in a telephonic conversation from Colombo, told APP that the young players showed excellent grit and character to beat Sri Lankan team, Though two of his main players were injured.
He said he was happy with the performance of his side, but admitted that his team will have to improve fielding as three chances were given to Shehan Jayasuriya who went on to score 53 runs off 37 balls in Sri Lankan inning. Batting first, BMC Colombo scored a total of 170 for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Shehan Jayasuriya top-scored with 53 runs. Madushan Ravichandrakumar played a cameo of 23 off 10 balls.
Haider Ali and Aftab Azwer bowled miserly and shared 6 scalps between them with four and two wickets, respectively. Aftab Azwer of UCP-Pak is the top wicket-taker in the tournament with 7 wickets in 3 matches alongside Samuel Grant of LU-Eng.
The UCP team made light of the target with a fourth wicket partnership of 92 runs between Junaid Ali (69 off 43 balls) and Mohsin Ali (54 not out off 41 balls). Junaid Ali hit 3 sixes and 7 fours in his inning and is the second most valuable player of the tournament after Shehan Jayasuriya. UCP reached the target with six balls to spare and five wickets in hand. (Courtesy APP)