Mumbai: Two opening batsmen, Sanjeevani Cricket Academy’s Arnab Saksena and Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy’s (Mahul) Abhigyan Kundu continued their rich vein of form as their classy knocks helped their respective sides to clinch convincing wins on the second day of the under-11 T-21 Cricket tournament organized by Sanjeevani Cricket Academy (SCA) at the Saffire Ground in Bhakti Park, Wadala. Arnab scored an attacking 73 in 54 balls, while Abhigyan steered his team to a win as he remained unbeaten on 74 in just 43 balls.
In the first match of the day, hosts SCA, after electing to bat first, scored a huge total of 201/2 against St. Arnold School. Arnab got good support from Arya Bele who scored a steady 63* in 59 balls. In reply, St. Arnold School could just manage 73/7 as Vedant Lad top scored for the team with a patient 25 off 54 balls. Extras (24) were the second highest scorer for the losing team. SCA’s Avinash Redekar (3/6) and Yash Rawat (2/14) bowled wicket-taking spells as the hosts won the match by 128 runs, their second consecutive victory in as many matches.
In the second match of the day, Vasant Vihar, Thane, riding on opener Sharman Divekar’s 39 and Tashva Kothari’s 29 scored 138/6 after electing to bat first. Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy’s Aryan Sharma and Jiyan Lodya bowled well, picking up two wickets apiece. The chase started with a bang as Abhigyan looked in fine form, but didn’t get much support from the other end. He played a fighting knock and took his team to a win single-handedly by remaining unbeaten on 74 as Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Mahul won their first match of the tournament by five wickets.
Brief Scores –
Match 1 – Sanjeevani Cricket Academy 201/2 (Arnab Saksena 73, Arya Bele 63*, Sourish Deshpande 24*, Purwa Pawar 2/26) beat St. Arnold School 73/7 (Vedant Lad 25, Avinash Redekar 3/6, Yash Rawat 2/14) by 128 runs.
Match 2 – Vasant Vihar, Thane 138/6 (Sharman Divekar 39, Tashva Kothari 29, Aryan Sharma 2/14, Jiyan Lodya 2/16) lost to Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Mahul 139/5 in 15.3 overs (Abhigyan Kundu 74*, Advait Shinghre 2/25) by 5 wickets.