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Nicosia Fighters beat Nicosia Tigers by 7 wickets

Right then, what a finish that was from the Fighters who nearly gifted the game to Tigers despite bossing it for the better part of the first 15 overs. A target of 89 was supposed to be a convenient walk-in-the-park for Fighters and more so after the rip-rollicking start they had from the openers. However, Tigers showed tremendous grit and only if they had held onto the catching chances in the field, they might have pulled an incredible heist.

Opening the innings, it was Parvez Miah and Abdullah Al Tasmin who were off the blocks in a spectacular fashion, scoring boundaries with ease and keeping the score board ticking briskly. Miah departed on the last ball of powerplay but not before completing his task. From there on, it was the no. 3 Kamran Ahmad that took the responsibility to anchor the innings. However, once Tasmin departed, the innings came to a sudden halt.

Both Ahmad and Hossain struggled against the spinners and could not get out of the jail. Neeraj Tiwari and Roman Mazumder, the two off-spinners bowled four overs amongst themselves and shelled only 18 runs whilst taking one wicket.

However, just when it looked like Tigers might edge this one, in walked Munna Rahman who surely had other plans. He faced two deliveries and clobbered them both mercilessly over the boundary ropes to kill the chase and kill hopes of Tigers to snatch an unlikely victory. Thus, bringing curtains to a low scoring thriller.

So that was that from our side. This is Abhinav Singh and my partner Maanas Upadhyay signing off for the moment. Do stick around as Sir Oliver Split squares off against Ljubljana in about half an hour from here. Until then, goodbye and goodnight!
9.3 Toman Aminul to Munna Rahman, SIX MORE! TWO IN TWO! Rahman finishes it off in style! Length ball on the middle stump line, Rahman holds his ground and muscles that over the mid-wicket region for a huge, huge maximum! That will wrap up proceedings as Nicosia Fighters edge past Nicosia Tigers by 7 wickets!
9.2 Toman Aminul to Munna Rahman, SIX! BOOM! Is that the game there for the Fighters? Slower full ball on the fourth stump line, Rahman shuffles across and almost falls over after absolutely launching that over the square leg region for a huge maximum!
9.1 Toman Aminul to Ramjan Hossain, length ball on the fourth stump line, Hossain has a swipe at that. Gets the inside edge. The ball deflects off his pads into the leg side for a quick single. 
OH! The bowler effects the Mankad but does not dislodge the bails. Warns the batter. 
Tomal Animul [1-0-19-0] to bowl the final over and defend 12 runs 
Munna Rahman, RHB is the new man in at the crease

Mazumder bowls a brilliant penultimate over and shells only five runs and picks a wicket. The two batters in the middle showed no sense of urgency and this could come back to haunt them at the end of the next over. And as luck would have it, Ahmad has to depart courtesy of a brilliant stumping from Zeeshan behind the sticks
9
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77 /2 score
1
1
1
1
1
0
runs
cricket bat icon Ramjan Hossain
18 (21)
cricket bat icon Kamran Ahmed *
14 (15)
cricket ball icon Roman Mazumder
0 /8
8.6 Roman Mazumder to Kamran Ahmad, OUT! STUMPED! Length ball on the fourth stump line nipping away, Ahmad goes for the almighty heave across the line. Misses and the keeper is quick to whip off the bails. Ahmad's foot had dragged outside the crease and he has to walk back!

Kamran Ahmad st M Zeeshan b R Mazumder (15 runs, 16 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
8.5 Roman Mazumder to Ramjan Hossain, short and on the fourth stump line, Hossain pulls that towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
8.4 Roman Mazumder to Kamran Ahmad, length ball fired in wide outside off, Ahmad shuffles across and thumps that down to long on for a single. 
8.3 Roman Mazumder to Ramjan Hossain, short and on the body, Hossain hooks that off the top edge of the bat towards fine leg for a single. 
8.2 Roman Mazumder to Kamran Ahmad, short and outside off, Ahmad holds his ground and spanks that towards wide long on for a single. 
8.1 Roman Mazumder to Ramjan Hossain, juicy full toss on the fourth stump line, Hossain drags that off the inside-half of the bat towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
Roman Mazumder [1-0-3-1] to bowl the penultimate over

This match is going right down to the wire. Ahmad and Hossain do not look confident against the spinners. Both have been granted multiple reprieves by the Tigers' fielders and yet they are not able to kick on. Right then, 17 runs required in the last 12 deliveries and we are setting up for a grandstand finish!
8
overs
72 /2 score
1
1nb
1
1
1
1
1
runs
cricket bat icon Ramjan Hossain *
15 (18)
cricket bat icon Kamran Ahmed
12 (12)
cricket ball icon Neeraj Tiwari
0 /7
7.6 Neeraj Tiwari to Ramjan Hossain, length ball on the fourth stump line, Hossain hicks that towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
7.5 Neeraj Tiwari to Kamran Ahmad, DROPPED! Short and outside off, Ahmad shuffles across and thumps it down the ground. Not off the middle of the bat and the fielder at long on puts down an absolute dolly! 
7.4 Neeraj Tiwari to Ramjan Hossain, length ball on the middle stump, Hossain inside-halves that towards mid-wicket for a single. 
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