MCL: Nawab of Najafgarh rules Sharjah, Santokie bags Hat-trick

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Virender Sehwag

Sharjah: Swashbuckling Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has shown a staggering show by playing  a demolishing knock of 134 in a Masters Champions League encounter between Gemini Arabians and Sagittarius Strikers here on Friday.

Kumar Sangakkara playing a shot during his 51-run knock
Kumar Sangakkara playing a shot during his 51-run knock

The Nawab of Najafgarah has shown that he has still the temperament to destroy the opponents single handedly as he played a stunning innings of 134 runs off just 63 deliveries, including 10 boundaries and 11 maximums.

Sehwag got a solid co-operation from the former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara as both of them added 135 runs for the second wicket after a magnificent 86-run opening stand in just 7.3 overs between Sehwag and Jacques Rudolph.

Sangakkara scored a solid 33-ball-51 run innings, including five boundaries and two maximums while Rudolph scored a well-supportive 19-ball-27 run knock, including five boundaries.

The Arabians were 223/2 at the end of 19th over. But an astonishing final over from Krishmar Santokie held them with only a single run from the last over as he bagged four wickets in first four deliveries, followed by a dot ball and a run-out on the last delivery. This was the first hat-trick of the MCL tournament.

Santokie (second from right) celebrating after picking a wicket in the last Over
Santokie (second from right) celebrating after picking a wicket in the last Over