Gemini Arabians continue their winning streak outclassing Virgo Super Kings by 22 runs
Gemini Arabians 144-5 (Sangakkara 51) beat
Virgo Super Kings 122-6 (McKenzie 46) by 22 runs
12th match, Masters Champions League, Sharjah
Riding on valiant knocks from Kumar Sangakkara and Saqib Ali followed by disciplined bowling allowed Gemini Arabians secure the top position in the group stage of the Masters Champions League after defeating Virgo Super Kings by 22 runs in the 12th game in Sharjah.
Virender Sehwag decided not to bat today to give others in the team a chance to showcase their talent. Gemini Arabians won the toss and elected to bat first once again.
Sangakkara (51) went on a rampage to take the Arabians to 44 for naught in the powerplay even though he lost his opening partner Jacques Rudolph (10) early.
He raced to his fifty off 32 deliveries but fell to Malinga Bandara (2-26) in the 10th over as the Arabians reached 70 for two at the half-way mark.
Despite the regular fall of wickets, Ali (46 not out) played a responsible knock to take the Arabians to 144 for five in the 20 overs. Apart from Bandara, Jacob Oram (2-26) also picked two wickets.
Chasing 145 for a victory, Virgo Super Kings lost Grame Smith (4) in the first over of the chase.
With wickets falling around, Neil McKenzie (46) tried to steady the innings, but with boundaries hard to come the required run rate soon crossed 11.
Virgo Super Kings managed only 122 for six in the 20 overs handing a solid 22-run victory to the Gemini Arabians who now have secured the top position in the points stage with five consecutive wins.
Sangakkara was named the man of the match for his knock of 51.
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