Rizvi Springfield locked horns against Albarkaat Malik English School at Sassanian Cricket Club, Mumbai, in the final match of Harris Shield organized by Mumbai School Sports Association, starting 19th April.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Rizvi was done and dusted for 210 in 72.1 overs. Harsh Tripathi was the ‘Wall’ for Rizvi as he scored a patient 32 off 126 balls. Tripathi was at the crease for a mammoth 159 minutes. Yashasvi Jaiswal (32 runs off 53 balls) and Shubham Varma (33 runs off 47 balls) were the other major contributors with the willow. Albarkaat’s bowling was led by Rajesh Sardar, who finished off with a five wicket haul. Rajesh had excellent figures of 29-14-68-5 in the first innings.
In reply, Albarkaat was bundled out for a paltry 163 in 63.4, thus lagging behind by 47 runs. Rehan Khan (37 runs off 94 balls) and Aasim Shaikh (30 runs off 70 balls) played well but failed to take the first innings lead for their team. Rizvi’s bowling attack was a disciplined one and was duly rewarded. Shreyans Bogar was the best bowler as he accounted for 7-56 in 27.4 overs, including 10 maidens.
In the second innings, Rizvi put up 159 runs on board in 43.5 overs, thus setting up a target of 206 runs for Albarkaat. Shoaib Siddique (56 runs off 80balls) scored a wonderful half century and contributed the lion’s share to Rizvi’s total. Meer Rizvi, an off-break bowler picked up 6-49 in 14.4 overs.
Albarkaat would have been more than happy with the way things went in the second innings. Faiz Rathod (50 runs off 99 balls) and Altamash Khan (36 runs off 84 balls) looked in good touch and the hopes of winning started mounting in Albarkaat’s dressing room. At one stage, Albarkaat needed 38 runs to win with one wicket in hand. The pressure got to them as they fell short of 17 runs. Shreyans Bogar was back in action with the ball picking up 4-78 in 28 overs, with Yashasvi Jaiswal grabbing 4-43 in 15 overs.
Rizvi Springfield beat Albarkaat Malik to win the Harris Shield in a nail biting contest.