Semi-finals are always nail biting and full of pressure, you have to give your best or else you are out of the game & one such match was between two experienced teams namely Payyade Sports Club & Souvenir Cricket Club at the Islam Gymkhana Ground in Mumbai. Souvenir CC won the toss & elected to bat first as the pitch was good to bat on.
Batting first, their openers Shoaib Shaikh(16 off 22) who has been in a good touch along with Rohan Kalbhor (0 off 1) failed to give a blazing start but right-handed batsman Aman Khan made his presence felt & fired at the right time when his team needed the most as he scored a solid half century to stabilize the innings. Aman scored 57 off just 45 balls & smashed 7 fours & a six to keep the scoreboard ticking. Rugved & Azhar also fell early but it was Ronak who scored a run a ball 27 to create a crucial partnership & help their team reach 145/7 in 20 overs. Royston Dias & Parag Khanapurkar were the pick of the bowlers taking 3/35 & 2/25 for Payyade.
Chasing 146 is not the toughest of tasks but it isn’t the easiest either. Add to it the good bowling by the Souvenir Boys made things all the more difficult for Payyade boys as they were all out for 136/10 in 19.3 overs. Off-spinner Sarfaraz Imtiyaz was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/21 in his 4 followed by 2/22 by Mohmd. Azeem & 2/29 by left-armer Asif sheikh. Aman Khan also made it an all-round perfomance as he also took a wicket in his 3.3 overs.
Souvenir CC won the semi-finals of the tournament by 9 runs & the highlight of the match was Aman’s half century which stabilized the innings. Cricketgraph congratulates the whole team for putting up a great show & wishes them all the luck for the finals.