There have been only few instances of all-rounders achieving the feat of scoring a half century & taking 5wkts at the International level and even at the domestic or local level, it’s very rare to see a player doing that. However, in the Kanga matches which were conducted last Sunday, there was one hidden gem from D Division who single handedly took the game away from the opposition.
The match we are talking about is the one which was played at Khar Gymkhana between Gaud Saraswat CC and Khar Gymkhana team. Khar Gymkhana who batted first were not off to a solid start with their top 3 falling out quickly but it was all-rounder Dhaval Panchal who came at no.4 to score a solid 50 off 66balls. Right-handed Dhaval smashed 6fours and a six en-route his match saving fifty at a time when he was lacking support from the other end. Khar Gymkhana eventually declared their innings on 162/7 in 40overs.
Gaud Saraswat CC in reply were reduced to just 80runs all out with all-rounder Dhaval also becoming the pick of the bowlers. Dhaval came up with bowling figures of 5/17 in 8overs as he cleaned up the lower order with his wily spin. Gaud Saraswat received a follow on where they batted for another 7overs before the end of the game’s play where Khar Gymkhana won the match on 1st innings lead.
It’s always a good feeling to be the highest scorer as well as the leading bowler in the same match and Dhaval so far becomes the all-rounder to achieve that feat this year in Kanga.