Just like how commentators were referring to him as Prolific Parag, he is indeed one prolific batsman when it comes to club and local cricket. Toiling hard for years and finally entering a recognizable stage, the 33yd old has come a long way into the strides of Mumbai cricket finally receiving all the opportunies and accolades he deserves.
Sobo Supersonics batting first at Wankhede were not off to their best starts with both the openers-Bista (14) and Tank (15) falling out early. However, Parag who came at no.4 ensured that the people who came to the grounds to support T20 Mumbai were’nt left disappointed. Parag went on to score a brilliant 96 runs coming in mere 49 deliveries which included 10 fours and 5 sixes. His knock also included some one handed sixes and attempted helicopter shots which are good signs of a batsman in supreme touch. Parag also stitched a crucial stand with Mansignh Nigade (33) with whom he stitched a 118 run stand for the 3rd wicket taking Sobo Supersonics to a healthy total of 188/5 in 20 overs. From Arcs, Tushar Deshpande with 1/33 in 4 overs was the pick of the bowlers.
Arcs Andheri in reply failed to keep up with the run rate and they also lacked batsman who could convert their 20’s and 30’s into a big score as they managed to reach only 140/9 in 20 overs. Rohan Raje bowled a terrific spell conceding mere 8 runs and taking 2 wkts in his 3 overs while quickster Badrey Alam also chipped in with 2 wkts.
Sobo Supersonics won the match by 48 runs while prolific Parag was declared ‘man of the match’. Coach Umesh Patwal must be a happy man to see his player performing to the core at the big stage!