Joe Clarke scores fifty as Abu Dhabi Knight Riders clinch their first win of the season

Web Desk 08:17 PM | 5 Feb, 2023
Joe Clarke scores fifty as Abu Dhabi Knight Riders clinch their first win of the season

ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders registered their first victory of the DP World ILT20 after defeating Sharjah Warriors by five wickets at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ bowlers set up the match beautifully by restricting the Warriors to 130 for nine in their 20 overs. Thereafter, Joe Clarke played a brilliant innings of 54 runs off 32 balls to help his team cross the line with 3.2 overs to spare.

The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders opening batters Joe Clarke and Paul Stirling put their team in the driver’s seat with an 86-run partnership in just 8.2 overs. Clarke smacked Naveen-ul-Haq for consecutive boundaries and took his team to 19 for no loss at the end of the second over. The Englishman upped the ante even more when he smashed two sixes and two fours off Junaid Siddique in the fourth over. Paul Stirling also joined the party as he struck two sixes to help his team coast to 71 for no loss in six overs.

Marcus Stoinis managed to break the opening partnership when he dismissed Clarke for 54 runs off 32 balls in the ninth over, but the Knight Riders were just 45 runs away from their target. Thereafter, Brandon King played a short innings of 19 runs off 18 balls and took the Knight Riders even closer to their target at 118 for two. The Warriors picked up three wickets in quick succession, but Connor Esterhuizen stood tall and wrapped up the match with a boundary off Naveen-ul-Haq’s bowling in the seventeenth over.

The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders bowlers started off on a great note as Matiullah Khan bowled out Dawid Malan for seven runs off eight balls in the fourth over. However, Evin Lewis got the ball rolling for the Warriors with a six and a four in the fifth over. Tom Kohler-Cadmore also showed top form as he struck Andre Russell for a six in the eighth over. Lewis and Kohler-Cadmore kept the Warriors' innings on track for a few overs, but the momentum shifted towards the Knight Riders when Akeal Hosein dismissed Lewis for 23 runs off 20 balls and ended the 50-run partnership between Lewis and Kohler-Cadmore.

Thereafter, the Warriors had a massive batting collapse. Sabir Rao sent Moeen Ali back for nine runs off eight balls in the twelfth over and then Kohler-Cadmore was on his way back for 46 runs off 40 balls after being run out in the fourteenth over. Matiullah Khan struck again as he got Marcus Stoinis caught out for just six runs in the fifteenth over. The Warriors had two more run outs with Mohammad Nabi and Naveen-ul-Haq falling short of the crease in the sixteenth and nineteenth overs respectively. The Warriors were in a precarious position at 116 for nine at the end of the penultimate over.

However, Chris Benjamin provided a fantastic flourish in the end with a boundary and a six off Marchant de Lange in the last over and took the Warriors to a respectable total of 130 for nine at the end of their 20 overs.

Speaking about their performance, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ Joe Clarke said, “The game was won in the first six overs when Paul and I scored 71 runs. It definitely got harder to bat in the middle phase of our innings, but the main thing is that we got a victory.”

Meanwhile, Sharjah Warriors’ Marcus Stoinis said, “The margins are always small in T20 cricket. We got off to a good start with the bat, but we didn't capitalise on that. We had a few runouts as well.”

The cricket fans are in for the biggest treat of their lives as the playoffs of the DP World ILT20 begin on 8 February 2023 at the Dubai International Stadium. Along with the fantastic cricket on display, the fans will also have a chance to enjoy several games, food trucks and live performances at the Playoffs festival. The exciting carnival will be held at the Playoffs venues from 3 pm onwards on each of the match days.

Brief scores:

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders bt Sharjah Warriors by five wickets. Sharjah Warriors 130 for nine (Tom Kohler-Cadmore 46, Chris Benjamin 24n.o, Matiullah Khan two for 24) Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 133 for five (Joe Clarke 54, Paul Stirling 39, Muhammad Jawadullah three for 24)

Player of the Match ($1500): Joe Clarke

DP World smart delivery of the day ($1500): Sunil Narine

Fairplay News biggest hit of the match ($ 1500): Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Skyexch.Net Super 4s of the match ($1500): Joe Clarke

Sportsbuzz 11 Buzzmaker of the match ($1500): Joe Clarke

 Green Belt Holder: Alex Hales

 White Belt Holder: Chris Jordan

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 24, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 24, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.2 286
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 343.5 347
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.4 76.2
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.55 757.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.77 41.17
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 919.22 928.22
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.66
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 731.97 739.97
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.12 307.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.19 8.34

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 24 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,500 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 205,500 PKR 2,350


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