Zimbabwe star allrounder Sikandar Raza scored his maiden half-century in the ongoing International League T20 (ILT20) to steer the Dubai Capitals to a vital seven-wicket win over MI Emirates at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
The 36-year-old allrounder combined with Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka to inspire their side to a crucial victory which keeps their title hopes alive.
The pair joined hands at a crucial time when their team lost three quick wickets in two overs as they went on to put on a match-winning unbroken 122-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Due to Raza and Shanaka’s heroics, Dubai Capitals finished on 166 for three in 18.1 overs after MI Emirates had earlier reached 164 for seven in their 30 overs.
Raza’s match winning innings of 56 runs off 36 balls included four sixes and four fours.
Shanaka edged Raza to the Man of the Match accolade for his unbeaten 58 runs from 36 balls.
Raza, who also contributed with the ball with a wicket to his name during his four-over spell was voted the Sportsbuzz Buzzmaker of the match and got US$1 500 for his efforts.
Dubai Capitals won the toss and elected to field first and they amassed a competitive total of 164/7. Raza and Shanaka ensured Dubai Capitals coasted home with 11 balls to spare, after reaching
After the victory, the Dubai Capitals find themselves in fourth place in the table with nine points in 10 matches, MI Emirates are still one spot above DC despite the loss as they have 11 points after 10 matches.
Raza is participating in the ILT20 after being given permission by Zimbabwe Cricket to miss the Chevrons’ ongoing Test series against West Indies.
He is also scheduled to participate in the upcoming Pakistan Super League and the lucrative Indian Premier League later this season.