Leading into the final stages of the prestigious Salar Jung Tournament, Souvenir CC & P.J Hinduja Gymkhana faced each other for the crucial pre-quarter face-offs at the P.J Hindu Gymkhana Ground in Mumbai. On a good batting track, Souvenir C.C who has a healthy batting line up did not think twice before batting first to put the opposition under tenterhooks.
It was a wonderful day for Souvenir C.C as every batsman who entered the crease made his presence felt. Right from their openers Shoaib Shaikh & Rohan Kalbhor giving a magnificent start at the top of the order scoring 46 off 22 & 48 off 28 respectively. It was a complete mayhem and destruction by the openers where they stitched a 90+ runs partnership within the 1st nine over. What’s more the entertainment quotient was also properly taken care of as both the openers smashed 8 sixes together which was a sight to behold. Azhar Querishi who walked in at no.3 scored a solid 40 off just 23balls & even he smashed 3 sixes. Sayeed Shaikh scored a 25 ball33*(1six) while Yusuf chipped in with a 9ball 23(2sixes) followed by a 3 ball 9*(1six) by Ronak Shinde. It was a match where all the batsman dominated the bowlers which helped them reach 203/4 in 20 overs. Sovenir CC innings included 15 sixes in total & we can imagine the stress the opposition bowlers must have gone through!
Chasing a 200+ score is most of the times a daunting task & is always full of pressure. The pressure of chasing a big score in such a crucial match was visible on the P.J Hindu Gymkhana Boys as they were all out for 150/10 in 18.2 overs. Spin duo of left-arm spinner Asif Shaikh & Sarfaraz Shaikh wrecked havoc on the batsman as they scalped 4/24 & 3/28 respectively in their 4overs followed by a wicket each for Ronak Shinde & Azhar Querishi.
It was a commendable win for Souvenir C.C boys as they win the pre-quarter finals of the tournament. Looking at the current form of Souvenir C.C players, they will surely be the opponents to look out for in the coming matches of the tournament.