This week started with all out match for Travancore Tuskers and Thrissur Dynamites. Toss was won by Dynamites and they elected to bat first. Other than Reneesh (25) no other batsman could make a mark against the spin attack of Tuskers led by old warhorse Dinesh. Anas (16) and Shafir (15) were the other scorers for Dynamites. Tuskers had to chase target of 125 runs and the openers specially Anwar (12) who stayed at the crease along with Dinesh (61) who played sensibly to overcome the target in less than 19 overs. Dynamites bowlers specially Rashid, Reneesh and Aneesh bowled decent spells. Dinesh was declared MOM for his all round performance.
The second match was played between Pathnamthitta smasher and Arabian Eagles Malappuram. Toss was won by smashers and they elected to bat first. Once again it was captain Shakeer (55) who came to the rescue of smashers who lost their opening 3 wickets in span of six overs. The partnership between the captain and Femin (30) confirmed a target an excess of 153 runs on the board. Subash (3) and Basit (1) bowled decent spells and kept the smashers on hold. Once again Arabian Eagles who had a good batting attack in the earlier seasons of KPL found them struggling for partnerships and they lost their track in 17 overs with 128 runs on the board with brave innings only from Shamir (21) and Abdula Mamo (26) supported by saji (21). Lack of formidable partnership cost AEM the match. Shameer and captain Shakeer bowled good spells for smashers. Shakeer was declared MOM for his allround performance.
The third match was played between Kottayam Riders and Alleppey Sachin Fans. The toss was won by Sachin Fans and without hesitation they came into bat first. After losing Sakthy (0) their was no looking back for sachin fans as sensible partnership from Anas (53) and always dependent Ismail (60) took the score past 100 runs in just 11 overs. Srinath (19) and Antony (11) partnered Anas till the late slog overs and took past the score to 170 runs. Captain Gigi and Manoj bowled good spells. Any chase above 150 runs is always bit difficult and it proved to be same. A good opening partnership from shyam (25) and Krishna (36) couldn’t surge ahead as batting collapse in the middle order made it impossible for Kottyam to resurrect the innings further. Tinso (2) and Srinath (4) bowled excellent spells for Sachin fans. Kottayam could only score 129 runs, a loss by 49 runs. Srinath was declared MOM for Sachin Fans
The fourth Match for this week was played between Kings XI Quilon and Palakkad Patriots. Toss was won by Quilon and they decided to bat first. Other than Mervin (26) nobody else could contribute much to the score and Quilon winded up their innings for just 103/7 at the end of 20 overs. Sujith (2) and Captain Subash (3) bowled excellent spells by scalping five wickets among them. The chase was terrific by Patriots with both Subash (31) and Saleem (48) confirming their win under 8.2 overs. Captain Subash was declared the MOM.
The Fifth and final match of the week was played between Artech Cochin and Kochi Tigers. Artech won the toss and elected to bat first. A brilliant and class innings from Aphsal (101) of just 58 balls took the game way ahead of the opponents. All other Artech Batsman complimented Aphsal with quickfire runs and the final total stood around 209/4 in the allotted 20 overs. Kiran bowled decently compared to other Kochi bowlers. Expecting a backlash from Kochi to chase down the target, they got severe jolt in the early stages by losing both batsman Niju (12) and Fredy (8) very cheaply. Diju (46) played a lone formidable innings with Kiran (25) and Irshad (27) contributing a bit with the innings wrapping up in 17.5 overs and just 148 runs on the board. Shiraz (3), Arjun (2) and Abdul (2) bowled superbly for Artech and finally Aphsal was declared MOM with Artech winning by 61 runs.
Aphsal Ashraf is the performer of the week for his brilliant century against Kochi Tigers.