The day 8 had 3 matches being played and the best part was each & every match was nail biting. There were some great individual performances while also a great teamwork was witnessed. While in the afternoon match between Bandra heroes & Mumbai Police cityriders, Aman Khan who is possibly in one of the finest forms of his life smashed a 66 off mere 23balls (6fours,5sixes) while the talented Kevin Almeida finally marks his presence as he stitched a gigantic partnership with Aman as he scored a mind-numbing 93 off just 27balls which included 12 big sixes. Kevin was surely on course to score one of the fastest hundreds ever. The afternoon match between Mumbai Police & Ghatkopar Jets also witnessed some great performances as middle order Batsman Gaurish Jadhav smashed an entertaining 106 off mere 51balls which included 10sixes. Though his knock went for a losing cause as all-rounder Rakesh Prabhu from Mumbai Police took 4wkts & scored a match-winning 55 off just 22ball coming down the order to help his team defeat Ghatkopar boys. The 3rd match was between Thane Maratha & Shivaji Park Warriors where almost every batsman of Thane chipped in with 30’s & 40’s helping them score a decent target but opener Eknath Kerkar’s breezy 66 for Shivaji Park helped them win the match.
1st two matches at police Gymkhana & one match at Oval (Sachivalay)
In the morning match between Mumbai Police and Ghatkopar Jets, Mumbai police won the toss & elected to field first. Ghatkopar were off to a shaky start losing quick wickets at the top but Gaurish Jadhav came up with a stunning hundred helping them score 190/7 in 18overs. Mumbai Police eventually won the match by 4wkts thanks to their opener Hardik Tamore’s 61 while all-rounder Rakesh Prabhu was declared ‘man of the match’ as he scored a match-winning 55 off 22 at no.6 & also took 4wkts. The 2nd match between Mumbai Police and Bandra heroes was won by Bandra heroes, thanks to Bandra openers Aman Khan(66 off 23) & Kevin Almeida(93 off 27) reminding us of Gilchrist & Hayden. Bandra made a mammoth 292/8 in 18overs while man of the match Hardik Tamore’s magnificent 135 went in vain as they lost the match by 46runs though it was a tough fight given by the Mumbai police boys. The 3rd clash was between Thane Marathas & Shivaji Park Warriors where Thane won the toss & batted first scoring 175/6 in 15overs. Shivaji Park boys won the match by 2wkts chasing & opener Eknath Kerkar (68 off 23, 6fours, 5sixes) was declared ‘man of the match’.
The Tournament has certainly become intense as never before and more than that, the players are giving their best. It’s good to see cricket with the highest spirit and energy levels is conducted in the Mitsui T20 tournament.
The points table so far-
|Mumbai Police cityriders||6||4||2||10.131|
|Shivaji Park Warriors||7||3||4||-2.436|