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Pagarani bowls Yogi to a rousing victory.

Dubai Shiva Pagarani produced a deadly seven wicket spell when it mattered the most.

Pagarani, who has inspired a bunch of talented cricketers in the UAE by creating the Yogi Group, one of the strongest teams in UAE domestic cricket, bowled his team to a six-wicket win over Interface Transworld to clinch a place in the final of Dubai Cricket Council's most prestigious Division A tournament.

In the final of the Blenheim Champions Trophy for EoACAyA' division teams, Yogi Group will take on Ibsons Cricket Club that stopped Phoenix Medicine team by 93 runs in the second semifinal at the Sevens ground.

Pagarani bowled out Interface for 136 in 34.1 overs. Coming in as the sixth bowler he first picked the wicket of Fahad Tarek (22) and then went on to strike repeatedly. In the first over itself he took three wickets which included the prize wicket of Ramveer Rai. Pagarani returned with figures of 7 for 27.

Strongest line-up

Yogi Group, which has one of the strongest batting line-ups, reached the target losing four wickets in just 22.2 overs. Shahzad Mana hit an unbeaten 47 with Anoop Ravi chipping in with an unbeaten 30. Ibsons reached the final riding on Abdul Rahman's all-round show. Qader hit 54 runs backed by UAE player Saqib Ali who top scored with 58 runs. Together they helped Ibsons post 240 for 9 and bowl out Phoenix for 147. After their star in-form batsman Rohan Mustafa got out for 46 Ibsons' bowlers went for the kill. Abdul Rahman, Manjola Gurge and Fayyaz Ahmad took two wickets each.

Brief scores:

Yogi Group bt Interface Transworld by 6 wkts. Interface Transworld 136 in 34.1 overs (Adnan Arif 28, Nalin Khaitan 20, Fahad Tarek 22, Shiva Pagarani 7 for 27) Yogi Group 139 for 4 in 22.2 overs (Salman Faris 21, Shahzad Mana 47 n.o., Anoop Ravi 31 n.o., Jagrit Anand 3 for 36) Man of the Match: Shiva Pagarani

Ibsons Cricket Club bt Phoenix Medicine by 93 runs. Ibsons CC 240 for 9 in 50 overs (Abdul Rahman Qader 54, Saqib Ali 58, Irfan Sajid 30, Qader Ahmad 2 for 38, Asif Mumtaz 3 for 34, Ali Afzal 2 for 29). Phoenix Medicine 147 in 35.5 overs

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