Semi-finals are always nail-biting where both the teams have to give their best and such was the case between D.Y Patil & Parkophene Cricketers at the D.Y Patil Ground in Mumbai. D.Y Patil won the toss and elected to bat first since they have a very strong depth in their batting to make a big 1st innings score.
The powerful batting line-up of D.Y Patil lived up to their expectations and managed to score 350/10 in 60.2 overs. Their star batsman Shreyas Iyer once again showed his class & mettle as he fell just 4 runs short of a wonderful double century. Right-handed Shreyas Iyer scored a mammoth 196 which was nothing short of flawless & full of class. Iyer kept on piling runs from the other end though wickets were tumbling from the other side. He smashed bowlers at will and hardly looked deterred by any bowlers. Anand Bias & Subramaniam also contributed nicely with the bat scoring 66 & 44 respectively. The bowlers could have done a better job but it was particularly good bowling by Deepak Shetty & Vishal Dabholkar who picked up 4/66 & 4/129 respectively.
Chasing 351 against a big team like D.Y in semi-finals is always tough & Parkophene Cricketers did appear to succumb to that pressure as they were all out for just 238 runs in 60.4 overs. Prasad Pawar (57) , Onkar Khanvilkar (45) and Sufiyan (33) batted well but there was no support from the other end. All-rounder Abhishek Nayar shined with the ball taking 4/106 followed by 3 wkts each for Prashant Bhoir & Karsh Kothari. It was a collectively superb bowling contribution too which helped them win the crucial semis.
D.Y Patil Sports Academy won the match by 112 runs & thanks to a wonderful ton by Shreyas Iyer & some good bowling by Abhishek, Prashant & Karsh which made things easier. Looking at their current performance, they will surely be a tough nut to crack for the opposition in the finals.