Just one match before the finals it was an important match between Omini global Sports Management vs Northern Marines at Navroz Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Northern Marine won the toss & elected to bat first as the wicket was favorable to post a big total on the board.
Batting first, Northern Marines were all out for 143/10 in 20 overs. The target of 143 is always a mixed bag which falls into neither of the categories of ‘easily chaseable’ or ‘a big total’ Opener Swapnil Dalvi was the pick of the batsman scoring a fearless half-century(51) at the top of the order off just 39balls. Sumit at no.7 chipped in with 27 which took their total to cross 140+. Right-arm off-spinner Omkar Maldikar was the pick of the bowlers & was quite spot on as he took 3/16 in 4 overs which was quite an economical & a tight spell. Rupesh Popeta also took 3wkts but was on the expensive side as he conceded 46 runs in 4 overs.
Chasing 144, Omini Global chased it commendably as they won the match by 8wkts & 1.2overs to spare. Right-handed opener Shutanshu Khandekar was the leading scorer with 64. Shutanshu scored 64 off just 52balls (7fours) & made things easier for his team. All-rounder Omkar who had already impressed with the ball scored 38* off 39balls (3fours) to finish the chase.
It was a great match for Omini Global as they won comfortably. All-rounder Omkar Maldikar was declared ‘man of the match’ for his all-round contribution. It was also good to see Omkar who has scored over 150runs & 8wkts in the tournament stating that he shares his ‘man of the match award’ with Shutanshu who scored a brilliant 64 at the top of the order. Cricketgraph congratulates the whole team as well as these two players & also wishes them luck for the all important finals.