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Shanaka and Raza help the Capitals maintain their playoff hopes.

Shanaka and Raza help the Capitals maintain their playoff hopes.

Sikandar Raza and Dasun Shanaka both scored eye-catching half-centuries to help Dubai Capitals defeat MI Emirates on Sunday (February 5), keeping them in the running for a playoff position.


Even though they quickly reached 40 for no loss in the first five overs while chasing 165, the Capitals were in serious trouble. But when Robin Uthappa was out for 29, MI Emirates grabbed control via to Zahir Khan’s double-wicket maiden. Rovman Powell was out after hitting the second ball without scoring, and George Munsey got injured while attempting a reverse sweep. They could have taken another wicket in the same over, but Raza was dropped by the slip fielder and then MI Emirates failed to take a review against the same batter after replays revealed that he would have been sent back had the bowling side challenged the on-field call. This decision changed the course of the game.


The Capitals went to 62/3 at the midway point as Raza hit the same bowler for a six in his subsequent over to get things rolling. The chase was then restarted by Raza, who hit the spinner for a six and a four consecutive times, while Shanaka was also collecting opportune boundaries. The bowling side lost 19 runs in the 13th over, which let the batting side win the chase once more.

he Sri Lanka limited- Overs skipper quickly scored fifty off only 32 balls, and Raza accomplished his milestone off 33. The two batsmen launched a barrage of boundaries to surprise the opposing bowling team and eventually end the game with their century stand. Jake Ball gave his team an early advantage by getting rid of Andre Fletcher and Bas de Leede earlier in the day. However, Muhammad Waseem and Lorcan Tucker revitalised MI Emirates despite losing those two wickets.


With Tucker castrated by Raza, the Capitals were able to end the powerplay on a high note. Nicholas Pooran now had to help his team put up a strong total. But after Zampa managed to get through Waseem’s defence, the challenge became more difficult. Dan Mousley had a difficult day, failing to hit the boundary even once despite facing 35 deliveries, whereas Pooran scored at a solid rate. MI Emirates wouldn’t have surpassed 160 if it weren’t for a couple of sixes from Jordan Thompson in the penultimate over. Although MI’s eligibility has been established, Capitals must now count on Gulf Giants defeating Sharjah Warriors in the season’s last league game to guarantee DC’s passage.


Brief scores: Dubai Capitals beat MI Emirates by 7 wickets (166/3 in 18.1 overs; Dasun Shanaka 58*, Sikandar Raza 56*; Zahir Khan 2/32), defeating MI Emirates’ 164/7 in 20 overs (Nicholas Pooran 43; Jake Ball 3/37, Adam Zampa 2/24).Shanaka and Raza help the Capitals maintain their playoff hopes.


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