In a Group B encounter of the 17th Challengers Cup, played at the Al Mansoora Ground, Shan XI faced the Karachi Stars in a match that saw both teams being unable to put up a high score on the board.
Shan XI, after electing to bat first, were off to a hesitant start, with none of their top 4 batsmen being able to convert their starts into big totals. However the middle order duo of Akhtar Mohammad and Iqbal Parekh scoring an identical 19 runs, sharing 3 boundaries between them, to lift their team to 118 runs. The Karachi Star bowlers were superb with the ball, with Raza Hassan and Saad Samad finishing with identical figures of 2 wickets for 28 runs.
Chasing just 119 runs, at below 6 an over, the Karachi Stars seemed favourites to win. However, the Shan XI were absolutely outstanding with the ball, taking wickets at quick intervals. Akhtar Mohammad continued his good form with the ball, taking 2 wickets for 10 runs while Furqan Mukaty also pitched in with 2 wickets. For the Karachi Stars, Saad Samad was the top scorer with 17 runs to his name. The Karachi Stars were dismissed for just 87 runs in 18.4 overs.
Shan XI won the match by 31 runs.