CHAMPIONS! Madrid United won the first-ever Dream11 European Cricket Series in Spain.
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Madrid United won the inaugural Dream11 European Cricket Series event by comprehensively beating the Pinatar Pirates by nine wickets.
On paper these two were evenly-matched as the first meeting between the two sides in the group stages ended in a narrow eight run victory for Madrid United. But in the crunch final with the Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante trophy on the line, the capital-city side coasted to victory in a procession.
Batting first after winning the toss, Pinatar Pirates racked up a promising opening partnership of 70 off 7 overs. However, Madrid United all-rounder Qadar Nawaz (2-11) took two wickets in successive balls to turn the tide, as Pinatar eventually lost three batsmen in a horrid eighth over following a comical run out.
Before departing in the final over, Kuldeep Lal was again the glue in the innings with 46 off 33 balls, but the impressive Spanish international all-rounder could not find the fence as consummately as he had in previous innings.
But even with light failing on a cloudy Spring evening in Spain, Pinatar’s paltry total of 87, never looked competitive against a motivated Madrid United outfit.
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Madrid United marched serenely to the trophy with Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante fantasy points winner Qadar Nawaz knocking up 37 off 25 balls. Fellow opener Robiul Khan raced to an unbeaten 32 off 17 balls as Madrid United made light work of the target, winning with 16 balls to spare.