Suryakumar Cracks Double Ton to Parsee Gym in Command in Police Shield Finals
Mumbai, December 24: Indian cricketer Suryakumar Yadav was in terrific form cracking a double century 249 runs (Min. 199, Balls-152, 37×4, 5×6) and placed hot favourites Parsee Gymkhana in a strong position having amassed a massive total of 524 for 9 wickets in their first innings of 90 overs, on the first day of their three-day final against defending champions Payyade Sports Club in the final of the Automotive Manufacturing-74th Police Invitation Shield Cricket Tournament 2021-2022, organised under the auspices of MCA, at the Police Gymkhana ground, Marine Drive on Friday.
Parsee Gymkhana sent into bat first dominated the rival bowling attack and middle-order bat Yadav belted the Payyade bowlers to all corners of the park during his marathon knock which was studded with 37 hits to the boundary ropes and creamed with five sixes.
Suryakumar was associated in two substantial partnerships with No. 3 batsman Aditya Tare who scored 73 runs and later with Sachin Yadav who contributed 63 runs to swell the total. Suryakumar and Tare stitched together 124 runs for the fourth wicket and he along with Sachin Yadav added 209 in a fifth-wicket association.
Suryakumar after spending 199 minutes in the middle was finally dismissed caught by Pradeesp Sahu of the bowling of left-arm medium-pacer Atif Attarwala much to the relief of the fielding side.
Off-spinner Siddesh Lad and Attarwala were the most successful Payyade bowlers claiming 3 wickets for 40 runs and 2 wickets for 50 runs respectively.
Payyade has a huge mountain to climb when they start their first innings on Christmas Day. They need to score at a brisk rate in order to surpass the rivals’ mammoth total and to have a chance of putting up a fight and retaining their title.
Brief scores: Parsee Gymkhana: 524 for 9 in 90 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 249 (152b, 37×4, 5×6), Aditya Tare 73, Sachin Yadav 63, Vikrant Auti 52; Siddhesh Lad 3 for 40) Vs Payyade Sports Club.