India, Pakistan cricket stars attend Expo 2020 Dubai series finale

Al-Futtaim Construction beats Laing O'Rourke in last-ball thriller attended by Virender Sehwag and Misbah-ul-Haq

India's Sehwag (left) and Pakistan's Misbah (right) at Expo 2020 Dubai's cricket tournament finale.
© Expo 2020 Dubai
India's Sehwag (left) and Pakistan's Misbah (right) at Expo 2020 Dubai's cricket tournament finale.

UAE construction giants Al-Futtaim Construction and Laing O’Rourke battled it out in the Expo 2020 Dubai Cricket Tournament Final 2018/19 match, attended by cricketing superstars Virender Sehwag from India and Misbah-ul-Haq from Pakistan.

Attended by a crowd of 10,000 at Dubai International Stadium, the final match was a result of numerous cricket matches held over the last three months between 32 teams of Expo 2020 Dubai’s site workers.

Al-Futtaim Carillion faced off Laing O'Rourke in the finale [© Expo 2020 Dubai].

Al-Futtaim Carillion defeated Laing O’Rourke by five wickets on the last ball of the game in a thrilling finale to walk away with the trophy. 

Sehwag and Misbah were in attendance as presenters of the tournament’s Best Bowler and Best Batsman titles and, according to Expo 2020 Dubai, they also “mentored the finalists ahead of the big match”. 

The finale was held at Dubai International Stadium [© Expo 2020 Dubai].

Expo 2020 Dubai’s series was its second annual cricket competition and formed part of its health, safety, quality, and environment (HSQE) programme named ‘Better Together’, built around the core values of ‘care’, ‘respect’, and ‘pride’. 

Chief real estate and assurance officer at Expo 2020 Dubai, Tony Aikenhead, said Better Together “is based on the belief that we can only ensure world-class HSQE and worker welfare standards through close collaboration”.

Expo 2020 Dubai's tournament is part of its HSQE efforts [© Expo 2020 Dubai].

He continued: “This involves sharing knowledge and making continuous improvements side by side with our delivery partners, but it also means celebrating our achievements together. That is what the Expo 2020 Dubai Cricket Tournament is all about.”

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Sehwag and Misbah are widely considered veterans of the game by fans in India and Pakistan, and around the world. Misbah led the Pakistan test cricket team to 26 wins during his stint as captain, making him the country’s most successful captain of the format. Sehwag, remembered for his powerful batting and wily spin bowling styles, is known as the holder of various international cricket records, including one for scoring the fastest triple century (300 runs off 278 balls) in the history of the game. 

Both Sehwag and Misbah also faced off in a Group-stage match during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 tournament at Kingsmead, which saw India defeat Pakistan in a 'bowl-out'. 

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