Navi Mumbai Ninjas Survive A Scare In The Run-filled Silver Finals Of The JFSC Super Cup
The Silver Finals of the JFSC Super Cup was a run-fest between the Navi Mumbai Ninjas and Antique Friends with 404 runs scored in the match. Batting first, the Ninjas mounted a total of 207/8 in 20 overs. Abhijeet Rohandiya anchored the innings as he faced 46 balls and scored 68 with 8 fours and 2 sixes to his name. As he built his innings, he also formed small but crucial partnerships with Azan khan and Yash Doshi, setting up the final overs for Zubair Kazi. Kazi only faced 14 deliveries but caused huge damage as he hammered 53 at a strike rate of 378. Out of the 14 balls, 8 of them were hit for a boundary and just one of them was a four. His innings was the difference maker between the two sides.
Needless to say, the bowling sheet was expensive. Nishant Patankar claimed 3 wickets for Antique Friends while Pratik Jadhav, Amit Dani and Sameer claimed a wicket each. Jadhav was the most economical bowler as he managed to give away just 17 runs in 3 overs.
With a mounting target to chase, the Antique Friends had no option but to be aggressive from the beginning. Despite losing 2 wickets early, they managed to clobber the bowling attack by scoring 94 under 11 overs. A rapid partnership between Amit Dani and Mihir kept them in the hunt. Dani scored 36 off 24 while Mihir hammered 68 off 51 balls. After their dismissals, Shiva Konar and Pratik Jadhav contributed handy runs keeping the in the game. However after Jadhav’s destructive 9-ball 30, he was dismissed with just 13 balls left in the game and still 27 runs to get. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.
Navi Mumbai Ninjas somehow held off a scary challenge from the Antique Friends to lift the trophy. Rajesh Dubey claimed 2 wickets, including the crucial wicket of Pratik. Zubair Kazi was named the Man Of The Match.