|Dubuque Tigers opened the season with a bang by beating Sahara XI by 6 wickets; Bilal Nasir was awarded Man of the Match by taking 4 wickets in 6 overs|
Dubuque XI (also known as DBQ Tigers) opened the season with a bang by beating Sahara XI by 6 wickets. Sahara XI won the toss and opted to bat first. They managed to put up 106 runs all out in 19 overs. It must be added that DBQ XI helped Sahara XI by atleast 35 runs in extras to allow them to reach three figures. Sahara XI opened firm and their first wicket partnership lasted 9 overs and 45 runs. Bilal Nasir from DBQ XI closed the game early for the visitors by claiming 4 wickets in quick succession. Two other DBQ XI bowlers, Saad and Zafar managed to take 2 wickets in succession each, landing DBQ XI twice in hat-trick positions.
Sahara XI never really threatened DBQ XI with the ball. Home team's openers gave a solid start, which the middle order built upon to reach the required total in 21 overs. All in all, it was great team performance from Dubuque XI which gave them their first win of the season in their first game. As both these teams are competing for the first time in the tournament, it will be interesting to see which one manages to get the better side of seasoned ACC teams.
Bilal Nasir was awarded Man of the Match by taking 4 wickets in 6 overs.