Mitsui Shoji T20 Tournament is turning out to be intense & eventful as it reached its 7th day on 11.05.17 where the powerful Bandra boys clashed with the promising Thane Marathas in the 1st match of the day while Ghatkopar jets faced Shivaji Park Warriors in the evening.
In the 1st match which was held at Sachivalay Ground in Mumbai, Thane Marathas won the toss & elected to bat first. They weren’t aware that it wasn’t the best of the days in the office as they were skittled out for just 70/10 in 13.3 overs. It was a great team perfomance where every bowler chipped in with wickets while Shashikant Kadam was the best of the lot taking 2/7 in 2overs. Chasing a small target of 71, Thane did not allow them to win easily before taking away their 5wkts. Eventually, Bandra Heroes chased down the score in 9.4 overs where Shasikant Kadam was declared ‘man of the match’. Bandra boys also gave some rest to their in-form opener Aman Khan as he did not open the innings, in fact he came 5 down hitting the winning runs with Shams Maulani.
The 2nd match was again not a high scoring one where Ghatkopar jets after smartly electing to field first restricted Shivaji Park Warriors to 103/9 in 15overs. Left-arm spinner Puneet Tripathy came up with one of the best & economical figures of the tournament so far giving away only 4runs & taking 4wkts in his 3 overs. Yash Dicholkar also bowled well taking 3/18 in his 3overs. Chasing 104 at less than 6runs per over, Ghatkopar Jets won the match by 10wkts & chased down the score in mere 10.1 overs. Opener Aktar Shaikh smashed a brilliant 78* off just 44balls which included 7fours & 5 big sixes to complete the match single handedly with his opening partner Kushal (22*) to win the match in style. Ghatkopar won the match & opener Aktar was declared ‘man of the match’ for his splendid knock.
The tournament is certainly getting intense & the teams are giving their best to enter the play-offs & lift the trophy. Cricketgraph congratulates both the winning teams for their win while wishes luck to all the teams for more intense entertaining encounters in the coming days.