The Lone Star Athletics faced off against the Dallas Mustangs on Aug. 12 in an exhilarating Minor League Cricket (MiLC) Pacific Conference Twenty20 cricket match at Moosa Stadium. The match showcased exceptional performances from both teams, with Lone Star Athletics emerging victorious in a high-scoring encounter.

Lone Star Athletics took to the crease first, setting a formidable target for Dallas Mustangs to chase. The team displayed a strong batting lineup, amassing a total of 186/2 in 20 overs, at an impressive run rate of 9.30.

Shayan Jahangir
Shayan Jahangir hit an unbeaten 98 from 58 balls. Photo courtesy of ICC

Shayan Jahangir led the charge with an unbeaten knock of 98 runs off 58 balls, including 9 boundaries and 4 towering sixes, maintaining a remarkable strike rate of 168.97. Nitish Kumar contributed significantly with a well-constructed 63 runs off 48 balls, featuring 4 boundaries and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 131.25. Milind Kumar chipped in with a quickfire 14 off 12 balls, while Shubham Ranjane finished unbeaten on 2 off 2 balls.

The extras added a valuable 9 runs to the Lone Star Athletics’ total, comprising 7 wides, 1 boundary, and 1 leg bye.

In their pursuit of the challenging target, Dallas Mustangs exhibited commendable batting performances, putting up a determined fight. However, they fell short by 10 runs, scoring 176/7 in 20 overs at a run rate of 8.80.

Andries Gous played a pivotal role for Dallas Mustangs, crafting an impressive innings of 70 runs off 47 balls, including 9 boundaries and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 148.94. Ali Sheikh also shone with an explosive knock of 74 runs off just 42 balls, laced with 3 boundaries and 6 towering sixes, maintaining an astonishing strike rate of 176.19.

Shubham Ranjane proved to be the star performer with the ball for Lone Star Athletics, securing 3 crucial wickets while conceding 43 runs in his 4-over spell. Pawan Suyal showcased his prowess by claiming 2 wickets for 28 runs, while Milind Kumar, Amir Hamza Hotak, and Imran Khan Jr. contributed with a wicket each.

The Lone Star Athletics secured a well-deserved victory in this thrilling encounter, showcasing remarkable batting prowess and disciplined bowling efforts. Shayan Jahangir’s outstanding innings and Shubham Ranjane’s all-round performance were the standout moments for the Lone Star Athletics.

Dallas Mustangs displayed resilience and skill throughout their chase, with Andries Gous and Ali Sheikh’s performances keeping them in contention. Despite their valiant efforts, the team couldn’t surpass the Lone Star Athletics’ target.