Finding a quality spinner has always been a tough job for India and it has certainly become a rarity to find a consistent spinner who can trouble the batsman. Hence, when we come across such performances by talented kids like Jugraj, it gives us hope that the search to find a good spinner is not over yet.
It was the semi-final match between two promising teams namely young Zorastrian XI & Kridangan Andheri where in Kridangan Andheri won the toss & elected to bat first. Batting first, Andheri were all out for 183/10 in 59 overs wherein Vedant Gadia was the highest scorer smashing a confident looking and a stylish 92 off just 85 balls which included 14fours. Sajjad Shaikh & Aditya Jadhav bowled really well taking 4/70 & 4/31 respectively.
In reply, Young Zoroastrians displayed their solid batting as they scored 298/10 in 71.4 overs. Talented Arman Pathan scored 73 off mere 54balls (8fours, 2sixes) showing his abilities with the bat while Abhishek S scored a solid looking 65 off 129balls(6 fours) showing his grit and patience at the crease. Right-arm orthodox off spinner Jugraj Mehta was the lone wolf to trouble the strong batting line up of Young Zorastrians as he scalped 5/59 in his 20 overs which included 4 maidens. While the rest of the bowlers were not able to inflict much of a trouble, Jugraj at the other end was the one who kept on giving a hard time to the batsman taking the all important wickets including the first four top order batsman.
Kridangan Andheri once again made 107/5 in 26 overs in their 2nd innings before the end of the game’s play where Young Zoroastrian won the match on 1st innings. The highlight of the match was certainly Jugraj with the ball while Vedant, Arman & Abhishek with the bat. Cricketgraph congratulates the winning team & wishes luck to all the players for a great year ahead.