Alex Hales and Sam Billings give Desert Vipers an emphatic winning start

Desert Vipers defeated Sharjah Warriors by seven wickets

Web Desk 07:44 PM | 16 Jan, 2023
Alex Hales and Sam Billings give Desert Vipers an emphatic winning start

DUBAI – Alex Hales, through his array of destructive shots, cracked an unbeaten 83 runs off 52 balls studded with nine boundaries and three sixes, and along with Sam Billings’s 49 runs off 38 balls with four boundaries and a six, gave Desert Vipers an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Sharjah Warriors in the fourth match of the DP World ILT20 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday night.

The England pair put on a 128 runs partnership in 14 overs to win the match with 20 balls to spare.

Desert Vipers displayed their bowling and batting strength to sting their opponents hard in their opening match to crush Sharjah Warriors for their second successive defeat. Billings fell one short of his half century when Desert Vipers needed just three runs to win. 

Earlier, Desert Vipers, after winning the toss, put Sharjah Warriors into bat and restricted them to 145 for 5 in 20 overs.

The first over of the match saw a top-edge six over the wicketkeeper from Sharjah’s opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz off the fifth ball from Sheldon Cottrell. In the third over, opener Evin Lewis, going for a pull, top edged into the hands of Tymal Mills at short fine leg off Cottrell for a duck. Gurbaz, who had hit Cottrell for his second six, fell to Gus Atkinson in the fourth over. He tried to hit to mid-wicket but mistimed it and landed up yielding a high catch to wicketkeeper Sam Billings for 22. Atkinson would have got the wicket of Dawid Malan too in the same over had Sherfane Rutherford not dropped an easy catch at backward point.

Tom-Kohler Cadmore hit Tom Curran past backward square for a boundary but fell getting caught by UAE’s Rohan Mustafa at third man for 6. Three down for 38 in 5.3 overs, skipper Moeen Ali joined Malan and they hit one boundary each in the eighth over from Atkinson to take their team’s total past the 50-run mark. At the score of 66, Ali, on 18, lifted Tymal Mills to Tom Curran who took a brilliant running catch.

Losing four wickets at the half way mark, Sharjah struggled for runs. Malan on 18, flicked into the hands of Alex Hales at wide long-on. When half the side back was back in the dug-out for 68, Mohammad Nabi joined Joe Denly. But given the tight bowling by Desert Vipers, they could keep the score board moving only through singles and twos.

From 91 for 5 Sharjah added 54 runs in the last five overs. Denly remained unbeaten on 36 and Mohammad Nabi unconquered on 34. The pair put on an unbeaten 77 runs in nine overs to post a fighting total of 146 for 5 in 20 overs.

Desert Vipers began their chase with UAE’s Rohan Mustafa and Hales opening the innings. Mustafa fell to the last ball of the first over from Moeen Ali, caught at deep square leg by Woakes for 8, after he had hit two consecutive boundaries. Skipper Colin Munro joined Hales but got out for a duck, pulling Woakes into the hands of Denly at deep square leg.

From the sixth over, Hales began to unleash his aggressive shots. He hit Woakes for a boundary and two sixes to take 16 runs off the final over of the powerplay. Sam Billngs played second fiddle and at the half way mark, Desert Vipers were well placed at 81 for 2.

Needing to score only 65 off the last ten overs, Hales reached his half century in 39 balls. Billings too began to open out and the pair put on a 100 runs partnership in 12.1 overs and took a firm grip on the match.

Alex Hales, the star of the night, speaking at the post-match press conference, said: “It was a great win for us. We bowled outstandingly. A lot of credit has to go to the bowlers. There's a great atmosphere within the team and it's a great start for us. It's always nice to start on a winning note and it's great for the side's confidence.”

Joe Denly, who top scored for Sharjah Warriors, remarked during the press conference that “We were short of a few runs. We had to rebuild after losing four-five wickets early on in our innings. We couldn't get too much momentum in the middle overs and put their bowlers under pressure.”

Brief scores:

Desert Vipers bt Sharjah Warriors by 7 wkts.  Sharjah Warriors 145 for 5 in 20 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 22, Joe Denly 36n.o, Mohammad Nabi 34n.o) Desert Vipers 148 for 3 in 16.4 overs (Alex Hales 83n.o, Sam Billings 49)

Player of Match ($1500): Alex Hales

DP World Smart delivery of the day ($1500): Benny Howell to dismiss Dawid Malan

SportsBuzz 11 Buzzmaker of the match award ($1500): Alex Hales for scoring 125 fantasy points

Fairplay News biggest hit of the match ($1500): Sam Billings for hitting a six of 88 mts

Skytech.Net Super 4s of the match ($1500): Alex Hales for his nine boundaries

Schedule for Monday, 16 January 2023:

Dubai Capitals vs Gulf Giants – 6 pm GST (7:30 pm IST) – Dubai International Stadium, Dubai

The DP World ILT20 made its debut at the Dubai International Stadium on 13 January 2023. Some of the greatest cricketing superstars have made their way to the UAE to play in the inaugural edition of the league. The tournament will be played in a 34-match format across the UAE’s exemplary, world-class cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.   

Franchise teams, comprising over 100 International and 24 UAE-based players, include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Knight Riders Group), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global).

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 23, 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 23, 2023 (Thursday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.1 286.15
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 – 23 March 2023

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. 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 203,800 PKR 2,350
Karachi PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Islamabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Peshawar PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Quetta PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sialkot PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Attock PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujranwala PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Jehlum PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Multan PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Bahawalpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Gujrat PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nawabshah PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Chakwal PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Hyderabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Nowshehra PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Sargodha PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Faisalabad PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350
Mirpur PKR 203,800 PKR 2,350


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