Played at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana in Marine Lines, it was a tight encounter between Sponsor XI and Sind Sports Club where in Sponsor XI won the toss and elected to bat first with an aim of making a big 1st innings total.
Batting first, the openers gave a flying start with Shrideep scoring 42 while right handed Kaushik Chiklikar went on to score 125 off just 126balls(15fours, 2sixes). Kaushik played counter attacking cricket and played at a strike rate of almost 100 to help his team reach a very big total of 399/8 in 70 overs. Left handed Azhar Ansari also scored a very good knock of 66 coming off just 64balls. The best part about Sponsor XI innings was hardly any batsman wasted time at the crease and everyone came and kept the scorecard ticking. Javed Khan even though leaked 122 runs but was the pick of the bowlers taking 3wkts.
In reply, Sind SC scored 268/10 in 64.5 overs and fell 131runs short on 1st innings margin. The positives from Sind SC batting was definitely their middle order who batted really well. In form Alpesh Ramjani continued his form from the last match to score a solid 49 while Chinmay and Aamir scored 49 and 51 respectively. From the bowling side, Dhrumil Matkar and Azhar Ansari took 3wkts each while Azhar was the pick of the bowlers with 3/37. Sponsor XI won the match on 1st innings and it was definitely Kaushik and Azhar who impressed one and all with their performances. Cricketgraph congratulates both the players while wishes luck to both the teams for a great season ahead.