It was the all important quarter final encounter between DTDC & SBI at the Western Railways Ground, Cross maidan in Mumbai. DTDC won the toss & elected to bat first since it was a good batting track to make a big score on the board.
Batting first, DTDC were off to a blazing start thanks to their right handed opener Manager Gupta. Gupta who has a unique name was as unique with the bat too as he scored some amazing shots & kept on attacking the bowlers. Opener Manager Gupta went on to score a superb 131 coming off just 102 balls which included 9 glorious fours and 5 big sixes to entertain the spectators & his team mates. He also created a good partnership with Virendra who scored a good 30. But that was not all for the DTDC innings as another surprise was left in the name of Bharat shedekar. Bharat coming at no.5 scored an aggressive century scoring 111* off just 80 balls (14 fours and 1 six). Right-handers Bharat and Manager went on to stitch a big partnership too which helped their team post a big total of 325 runs in 45 overs. Both the batsman were outright dominating and hitting the ball with authority. It looked like they were on a mission and the mission was to steer their team to a quarter final victory!
Chasing 326, the opposition team State bank of India were all out for just 166 runs & succumbed to the pressure of chasing and some good bowling. Right-arm off spinner Akash Bharadwaj bowled wonderfully well with bowling figures of 4/32 followed by 3 wkts for leg spinner Sumit Sharma.
DTDC won the Quarter Finals by a big margin and in the most stylish way. Opener Manager Gupta, Bharat Shedekar and bowler Akash Bharadwaj were adjudged ‘man of the match’ for their brilliant individual performances. Looking at the form they are in, they certainly look poised to give tough competition in the further rounds of the tournament.