It was a match which included some brilliant individual contributions & a good team work on the Islam Gymkhana Ground. On a neutral track which supported some turn, Worli Sports Club elected to field first & restrict the Parsee Gymkhana boys to a low total & put them under pressure.
However, their decision to bowl first wasn’t the most profitable decisions as Parsee Gymkhana made a healthy 187/7 on the board which is anyday a good score to defend. Right-handed Opening batsman Aakarshit Gomel made his presence felt in the end stages of the tournament as he smacked a 46 ball 71 to provide a solid base to their innings. A strong start by Aakasrshit kept the run rate healthy as he smashed 4fours & 4sixes in his 46ball stay at the crease. His partnership with Arjun Shetty who scored a 39 also played a turning point in the game which helped them reach a more than respectable score. Abhimanyu Vaishisth was the pick of the bowlers taking 4wkts but he lacked support from the other end or things could have been a little different.
Chasing 188 at more than 8 runs per overs is always a pressure situation & not the easiest of tasks. The pressure did seem to rub on the Worli batters as they were all-out for 126/10 in 18.3 overs. As Aakarshit shared with Cricketgraph ‘the spinners really did a good job & bowled well according to the plans’ which helped them win the match. Nikhil Jadhav scored a fighting 61 off 41balls but that wasn’t enough as he hardly got any support from the other sude. Harshad tevankar was the pick of the bowlers scalping 3wkts while Aakarshit also chipped in with 2wkts with his left-arm spin.
Parsee Gymkhana won the match by 60 runs & seal their semis berth while Aakarshit Gomel’s perfomance was the highlight of the match with his all-round contribution. Looking at the current form of Aakarshit & the whole team, they certainly look favorites to win the tournament.